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Welcome to The Devil’s Porridge Museum 

Please be aware that from Monday 11th December 2023 The Devil’s Porridge Museum will be closed for the festive season. We will reopen on Monday 8th January 2024.

In the meantime we would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday!

The Devil’s Porridge Museum tells the story of HM Factory Gretna, the greatest munitions factory on earth in World War One, where the devil’s porridge (or cordite, an explosive) was mixed. There were 30,000 workers: 12,000 of them were women. Their contribution to the war effort helped women to achieve the vote.

Our state of the art, award-winning, 5 star-rated museum is one of the top things to do in Dumfries and Galloway. In 2023, The Devil’s Porridge Museum was the Winner of the Celebrating Thriving Communities Award at the South of Scotland Thistle Award Regional Finals and in 2022 the museum was the Winner of Best Visitor Attraction Experience in the West of Scotland at the Thistle Award’s Regional Finals.

Please ring to see if booking a head is necessary during busy periods such as the school holidays.

A collage of three photos of what has been happening at The Devil's Porridge Museum. They feature some kids dressed up at our Halloween party, a our animals in war memorial with a dog next to it for our animals in war remembrance service and a assortment of festive tombola prizes for our Cordite club. Some text reads "Monthly Roundup 23rd October 2023 to 19th November 2023."News

Monthly Roundup – 23rd October – 19th November 2023

Keep up to date with what's been happening at The Devil's Porridge Museum with our Monthly Roundup for 23rd October 2023 to 19th November 2023. We were proud to remember…
A photo of a creepy child wearing a gas mask with a illustration of a small phone box in the sky collaged on a burgundy background. A photo of The Devil's Porridge Museum is just visible behind the background. Some white text underneath the photo of the child with a gas mask gives that images source as Wikipedia.News

The Devil’s Porridge Museum’s Doctor Who Playlist

The 23rd November 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of sci-fi TV show Doctor Who and since our usual Monthly Roundup person is a bit of a fan, she thought it…

Monthly Roundup – 25th September – 22nd October 2023

Catch up with all that has been happening at The Devil's Porridge Museum in our latest Monthly Roundup! From the thistle awards to a new exhibition. Read it all below.…

Celebrating Thriving Communities Award 2023

On the 5th October 2023's representatives of The Devil's Porridge Museum had a great night at The South of Scotland Thistle Awards regional final. This was held by the lovely…
A poster for 'The Solway Hoard' exhibition. The poster reads "Journey forward in time to the year 3023 when a hoard of rare and valuable plastic objects has been discovered. Visit the exhibition and discover the fascinating stories behind these extraordinary treasures and explore the many possible futures of plastic. 2 Oct - 11 Dec 2023. The Devil's Porridge Museum. Admission Charges Apply."Current Exhibition

The Solway Hoard

The Solway Hoard exhibition will be at The Devil's Porridge Museum from 2nd October 2023 to 11th December 2023. Visit the Solway Hoard exhibition and see remarkable treasures from a…
Poster for the Children's Christmas Party 2023. This poster reads "Children's Christmas Party Friday 15th December 2023 6pm-7pm Join us for party games and to meet Santa at our Children's Christmas Party! For children from 4 to 11 years old. Places are limited. Booking is essential. Book on our website." It also includes The Devil's Porridge Museum's logo and some festive photos, including some of children having fun at last years Christmas Party.Events

Children’s Christmas Party 2023

Friday 15th December 2023 6pm - 7pm Join us for party games and to meet Santa at our free Children's Christmas Party! This is for young people aged 4 -…
A poster advertising Bruce Keith's talk happening on 30th November 2023 from 2 to 3pm. It's about a story of Scottish Milestones and can be booked on The Devil's Porridge Museum's website.Events

Talk: Are we nearly there yet? By Bruce Keith

Thursday 30th November 2023 2pm - 3pm Join us for a talk on the story of Scottish milestones! Author Bruce Keith will present his book "Are we nearly there yet?",…

Animals in War Remembrance Service

The Devil's Porridge Museum will commemorate Remembrance Day by laying a wreath at our memorial for animals in war. We cordially invite everyone, along with their pets, to join us…


We have a wide range of activities for children during the October holidays 2023! Have a look to our program and book your children in this page! Workshops and events…

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