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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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  • Highland museum in town centre of Fort William, local history, including Ben Nevis. Information on Queen Victoria & her association with Scotland. Artefacts to look at including a unique picture of Bo...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the visit, lots of very interesting information, especially about the Jacobite battles. Helpful staff, a really pleasant place to shelter from the rain!  more »
  • Popped in on a rainy day for something to do. WOW!! What an experience. What an array of information. Want to know about the Commando's of WW11? This is the place. Want to know about the Jacobites? Th...  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.