Dumfries costume museum to close

A decision has been made to close Shambellie house, Museum of Costume in New Abbey, Dumfries.

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Low visitor numbers blamed for museum closure

The National Museum of Costume based at Shambellie House, near Dumfries, will not re-open for business in the spring.

The closure of the museum comes as a result of the economic recession and falling visitor numbers.

The museum attracted around 10,000 visitors per year, and 5,000 to the shop, cafe and grounds.

The house was opened as a museum in 1982, and is owned by the Scottish Government.

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