From prehistoric times to the present day, artefacts, documents and photographs illustrate the history of Dollar. A brief description of some of what may be seen is given below.

A Century of Housing Development in Dollar, 1918-2018

Opening at Easter weekend, this year’s exhibition in Dollar Museum will map the growth of housing developments in Dollar. Our main exhibit is a 1.5m2 street map showing the 33 major housing developments built in Dollar from 1918 to 2018. We have individual call outs for each development showing an enlarged street plan, relevant pictures, build dates, builders and cost.

Extra pictures and documents for each of the developments will be available in folders. We are happy to receive more contributions to this archive during the course of the exhibition year. As well as any pictures available of the actual build in progress, we are trying to also collect pictures of the residents in these streets in the early years of occupancy.

We will have 3 smaller displays looking at the history of the local authority developments since WWI, the objections to planning raised over the years and the story of the Museums involvement in the field research for the Gowan Lea build.

Our main display cabinet has the theme “Moving House” where we have gathered household items from the 1920s to date and display the history of shops and services available in the town. We are running a great children’s competition where we ask our digital generation to identify these items used by previous generations! The competition can be played during opening hours and we are awarding a specially designed badge for successful completion.

If you think you have anything suitable relating to any of these housing developments which can be included in our development archive please contact the Dollar Museum at Castle Campbell Hall, 1, High Street, Dollar FK14 7AY, or Dollar Museum on Facebook or via email dollarmuseum@btconnect.com


Local finds from Bronze Age burials on loan from the National Museums of Scotland give an insight into early inhabitants of the Hillfoots. Aerial photographs and maps show where the archaeological finds were made.

The Devon Valley Railway

The railway came to Dollar in 1869. From the 1950s until closure to passengers in 1964, Peter Wilson attempted to document all aspects of the Devon Valley Railway. He took photographs of the stations from Alloa to Kinross and recorded many bridges, signals, gradient signs, etc. He also collected timetables, tickets and leaflets. We have built on his collection and some interesting donations are on display. With the help of Awards for All, a completely new exhibition was mounted in 2009 and all 750 photographs taken by Peter Wilson can be seen in a slideshow. These are also documented in a searchable database and with funding assistance from the Scottish Community Foundation and EDF Energy Renewables have now all been printed.

Castle Campbell

Later inhabitants of Dollar lived in the shadow of Castle Gloum, renamed Castle Campbell, the lowland dwelling of the Earls of Argyll.

The Castle was burnt in 1654, and the ruin was sold along with the local Campbell lands around 1800. Early travellers and artists have left evidence of how the castle and village looked at this time, and these may be seen in the museum.

Dollar Academy

The small village with a woollen mill and a bleachfield changed after local boy John McNabb left a fortune which was used to found Dollar Academy in 1818. Dollar grew as the New Town was built to accommodate teachers, boarders and the families who moved to Dollar to take advantage of the low fees paid by residents of the village. Dollar Academy has gone on to become one of the top independent schools in Scotland.

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How to find us

We are located in the village of Dollar, in Clackmannanshire, Scotland. Situated approximately 1 hour drive from Edinburgh and 45 mins from Glasgow.

Dollar Museum
Castle Campbell Hall, 1 High Street
Dollar, Clackmannanshire
FK14 7AY

Donations are welcome

Opening Times
The Museum is open from Easter to Christmas at the following times:
-Saturdays: 11am to 1pm, 2pm to 4.30pm
-Sundays: 2pm to 4.30pm
or by arrangement with the Curator (see Research page)