Museum of the Cumbraes

The Museum of the Cumbraes is our small museum based in the beautiful Garrison House building which sits in the heart of Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.

Our exhibitions tell the story of the island, from 4,000 year old burial cists to 18th century smugglers. Learn all about the amazing life of explorer Andrew Goldie or discover the role Millport played in the Second World War.

A mere 10 minutes by ferry from Largs, Cumbrae is a beautiful island and no visit to North Ayrshire would be complete without a visit.

The exhibition at the Museum of the Cumbraes is changed every few months so be sure to keep an eye on this page for updates.


Current Exhibition

The Song of the River Steamers: The Clyde Pleasure Steamer 1812 - 1992 (An exhibition from the collection of Charles Glen)

The current exhibition is focused on Clyde Pleasure Steamers and was curated by the late Charles Glen, who spent a large part of his retirement documenting, painting, drawing and researching paddle steamers.

His daughters donated his extensive collection to North Ayrshire Museums service in 2018.


Winter Opening Times

Monday           9am - 5pm

Tuesday           9am – 6pm

Wednesday     9am – 5pm

Thursday         9am – 5pm

Friday              9am - 5pm

Saturday          9am – 3pm

Sunday             9am – 3pm


Entry to The Museum of the Cumbraes is completely FREE. No booking is required.


The Garrison House cafe is open to visitors 7-days a week, from 10am - 4pm and serves a variety of food and drink.

There is also a large public library within Garrison House, with opening times available on the North Ayrshire Council library website.

The building has FREE accessible toilets


The building has a disabled access ramp and the Museum of the Cumbraes is all on one level and is fully wheelchair accessible.

Getting Here

The Isle of Cumbrae is reached via a 10-minute ferry crossing from Largs. You can access the Calmac website to plan your journey to the island.

From the landing slip on the island you can either drive to Millport or take the 10 minute bus journey. You can get more information on the bus jounrey on the Millport website.

If you are bringing your car, free parking is available in Millport including at Garrison House itself.

Museum of the Cumbraes

Glasgow Street,  Millport,  Isle of Cumbrae

KA28 0DJ