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West Highland Museum, Fort William

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The collections displayed at West Highland Museum narrate the rich history of the Scottish Highlands and its people. Spread over three floors, the museum's seven galleries trace the story of this mountainous region in the western part of the country, with special focus on the influence and significance of the Jacobite political movement. Don't miss the collection's highlight, an 18th-century portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie, known as the instigator of the unsuccessful Jacobite uprising of 1745. Other notable features include regalia Queen Victoria gifted to John Brown, her trusted personal aide, as well as several displays dedicated to Highlands archaeology, wildlife, and military history. Take a look at our Fort William vacation route planner to schedule your visit to West Highland Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Popped in as we wanted to see the bethrothal brooch from the Isle of Canna but thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the museum. Great, informative exhibition on the Commandos. Good selection of books in the...  more »
  • We were warmly welcomed by a lady and man volunteer. The museum is extremely interesting and free! Although most people give a donation and so they should. Lots of information on Scottish history with...  more »
  • We visited the museum for an hour and had a brilliant time. It's a fabulous little local museum with lots of rooms including: WW2, Natural History, Local History etc. It's really well presented and ru...  more »
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  • Admission is free, but they accept donation. Very well done, lots to see even though it's a fairly small museum. You can tell it's a passion project. Don't miss if you're in town!
  • Great little museum and well worth a stop if you are in the area. Admission is by donation. We learned a lot about the history of the Highlands and the Jacobite rising. There are some really interesting artifacts that are worth the visit.
  • We randomly found this museum while in Fort William. It was one of the best little museums we have seen yet. It's a bit random in what it contains but the history and items you can see is incredible. Worth stopping in. It's free, but definitely worth donating after walking through the museum!
  • Tons of information and history in a well curated small museum with incredibly helpful staff. Well worth the admission price :) it's free. I'd say a must.
  • Great little museum. Wheel chair accessible to each floor, with friendly staff. Worth the visit.