The McKechnie Institute opened in 1889 thanks to the benevolence of a local businessman, Thomas McKechnie. Its architectural style is Scottish Baronial with some Renaissance detailing. The Architects of the Institute were McKissack & Rowan of Glasgow, who were also responsible for the design of Girvan Parish Church. The ground floor originally contained a Library, Reading Room and Ladies Room. On the first floor was a billiards room and beyond that the Librarians House. A contemporary report states 'Every evening the places are all but crowded with labouring men, fishermen, tradesmen and others…'
The McKechnie Institute is still popular today as a local Museum and Art Gallery. In addition to this, the McKechnie is the venue for many local group meetings, Councillor surgeries, art classes and much more.
If you have any enquiries about the Institute's collection, or if you would be interested in having an exhibition in the McKechnie Institute or any workshop programmes, please contact the Council's Museums & Galleries Officer.