Halliwell's House Museum

Visit Halliwell's House Museum & Gallery in Selkirk for a truly unique and atmospheric experience. Situated in the narrow, cobbled Halliwell's Close which boasts its own 400 year old history, you'll find this unusual 18th century building which is home to one of the twelve Live Borders Museums & Galleries.

Inside you can discover more about the building, part of the oldest surviving row of dwellings in Selkirk, and learn more about the town and its long history including associations with William Wallace and with the Battle of Flodden.

The ground floor features a reconstruction of an ironmonger's shop which is crammed full with all manner of objects to evoke a bygone age whilst upstairs the internationally renowned annual Selkirk Common Riding Festival is explored and explained.

Also upstairs is The Robson Gallery which hosts a vibrant exhibition programme showing the work of local artists and makers as well as exhibitions of local and historical interest. Take a look at our Museums & Galleries 2018/19 to help plan your trip here and to our other sites across the Scottish Borders.


Sat 30 March - Sun 12 May
Both Sides of the Border 
Delphine de Castellane

These drawings and watercolors reflect Delphine’s experience of twenty-five years in the countryside, in the Borders and latterly in Cumbria. Most of her work is painted directly, out of doors, a process which generates great attachment to her subjects. “My paintings are just my view of the places I love”.

Sat 18 May - Sun 7 July
The Borders and Beyond 
Michael A Fitch

This exhibition by international award winning photographer Michael A Fitch encompasses works (many limited editions) of photographs prior to his moving to Scotland in 2014, and also those created after he discovered the beauty of this magical land.

Sat 13 July - Sun 25 August
Stravaiging the Borderlands 
Andrew Major

Stravaiging [Scottish; defintion: to wander about aimlessly]
An exhibition of paintings and ceramic work inspired by the artist’s wanderings in and around the Scottish Borders, and his observations of the extraordinary diversity of nature and landscape in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Sat 31 August - Thu 31 October
A Celebration of Imperfection 
Wood Neuk

A celebration of how irregular, gnarled materials can ultimately form gratifying pieces of furniture which can cradle the human body. Makers David Lightly and Ross Purves collaborate using locally sourced hardwoods. Stitching and repairing, their quest to create beautiful pieces of interior furniture requires an exploration of the irregular.

Family Fun Trail

Pick up an exciting activity pack at reception to follow a trail that takes you around the displays and exhibitions of Halliwell’s House Museum. £2 per pack.

Gift Shop

A small retail area selling reasonably priced gifts, books and souvenirs is located at the entrance to the building. Free admission though donations are welcomed.

Education and Learning

We are happy to accommodate specially arranged group visits and educational events connected with the venue, collections or exhibitions. For details or to make arrangements, please contact Assistant Curator, Phoebe Stewart 01750 726456

Access and facilities

The museum is on two floors.

Full disabled access available.

There are no toilet facilities, though public toilets adjoin the building.


Free, large public car park adjoins the building.

Contact details

Market Place

Tel: 01750 726 456 / 20054