McKechnie Institute

Opening hours

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:

1pm – 4pm 


1.30pm – 4pm 


10am – 4pm

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The McKechnie Institute
40 Dalrymple Street, Girvan KA26 9AE

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About the McKechnie Institute

Girvan’s cultural hub, features a permanent display of artefacts highlighting the town’s heritage, the McKechnie Institute also hosts a regular programme of changing exhibitions. Visit the McKechnie, to see Girvan through time:

  • Geology, fossils, the history of Ailsa Craig and its granite
  • Maritime history and model ships
  • Victorian lounge and bedroom
  • Bronze Age Cinerary Urns dating 2100-1500 BC
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What's on

Image of a person in a dark room with red and blue lights highlighting their outline.
Tuesday 11 June 2024
6 - 7pm
Free, but ticketed event

Rhymes with Pride - Marcas Mac an Tuairneir

Collage of textile images. Ayrshire College HND Art and Design Exhibition Fixations.
18 May - 2 June 2024
See listing for opening times

Ayrshire College HND Art & Design Exhibition Fixations

Image of people with the text that reads "Get a Life Media, European Prophecy Conference 2.0".
Friday 15 November - Saturday 16 November
Friday 15 November 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 16 November 10.00am - 6.30pm

European Prophecy Conference 2.0

Author Chantal McFeely in the sea with her hands up in the air. She is wearing a beannie cap and swimsuit and is smiling.
Wednesday 3 July 2024
7pm - 8.30pm

Author Event with Chantal McFeely at Troon Library

Cartoon images of a man and woman standing back to back.
Friday 7 June 2024
2pm (Don Giovanni) and 4pm(Merry Widow)
7 per 30-minute show (booked separately)

Pop-up Opera 2024

Pipers gathered in a circle in a field playing their instruments.
Sunday 2 June 2024
12noon - 4pm

Carrick Lowland Gathering

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