West Highland Museum, Fort William

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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  • August 18, 2017
    Went here on a very wet day and as a consequence the museum was very busy. This made examining the displays in detail rather more difficult, but I still considered it a very worthwhile and informative...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Congratulations to the volunteers who takes care of this small museum. The tour is very interesting and the presentation of the objects is neat. The Lady at the reception is very nice. A visit that I really appreciated.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Very presently surprised by quality of exhibits and commentary. Very friendly staff. Keep UK united.  more »
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  • July 19, 2017
    Lovely, eclectic museum with an old fashioned vibe. A random assortment of Highland memorabilia, but it works to paint a picture of the diverse features of the region. Located in a beautiful old building below Ben Nevis.
  • May 28, 2017
    It's a small but well thought out museum. There's a surprising number of exhibits in it. The volunteer staff and both very knowledgeable and friendly.
  • June 12, 2017
    Very interesting. A lot of historic memorabilia. Free of charge pleasant staff.
  • March 22, 2017
    Really adorable place! Small but nice and warm-welcoming! It was a pleasure to speak with people.working there and knew a little bit more about Fort William! Hidden picture is so cool!
  • April 17, 2017
    I truly recommend it. Even though it is a small museum, it is worth it

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Where to stay in Fort William

A B&B along the high street provides access to pubs and cultural life. However, luxury hotels set among idyllic countryside are outside the city center. Consider a stay inside a refurbished historical building at one of the handful of guesthouses. less expensive lodging is also available in scenic areas within walking distance of the high street, or main street.
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