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World-class exhibitions in the Lands of the Border Reiver

Welcome to the Borderlands Museum webpage.

The Borderlands Museum hosts a unique collection of privately owned artefacts, and is a shrine to the Borderlands and its people.

Arrangements can be made to visit the collection, which represents a frontier, a landscape and its people from the Iron Age through to the age of the Border Reivers and beyond...

At present curator-led visits are available to book, a private tour taking an hour.


Booking in advance is essential.

The Museum receives no funding or official support.

The generosity of friends and patrons have made this venture possible by allowing the custodianship of artefacts, many highly important, which have never been on display publicly before.


Entrance is £25 per head, with all contributions going to the running and further development of the Museum.

Because of constraints of space, groups of four to six people are ideal,


We are working on audio visual guides to allow a £25 individual entry at a later date, but at the moment, pre booked groups are curator led only.


Please get in touch with any special requests.

2024 sees a focus on Mary Queen of Scots.

With the short term loan of Mary's prayer chair and related artefacts secured, this is the first time this treasure has been on public display - and the first time it has returned to Scotland in over 400 years. 


Tour times are available as below, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday)

10am - 11am

11.30am - 12.30am

1.30pm - 2.30pm

3pm - 4pm

4.30pm - 5.30pm

Terms of entry are subject the following understanding by visitors, as the collection is subject to loan agreements.

A record of proof of identity will be required, passport or driving licence, prior to entry.

This can be provided individually by a group leader, ideally in advance, or at point of entry.

24 hour recorded CCTV is in operation, including the recording of vehicle registration.

No photography is allowed.

All information will be treated confidentially, with your rights protected under the data protection act.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Borderlands Museum.

History of the Museum.

From 1986 to 1998 Teviothead was home to The Museum of Border Arms and Armour, the iconic museum of the 16th century Border Reiver.
From 1998 to 2020 exhibitions of Historic artefacts and Folk-Art have been displayed yearly, alongside our goldsmithing, changing annually.
Following refurbishment of the adjoining property, from 2020 to 2023, the new Borderlands Museum has been running  by appointment for guided tours.


Burgonet and almain collar c.1560


The "Douglas" sword
Early 14th century

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Mary Queen of Scots personal devotional chair

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