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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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting. A lot of historic memorabilia. Free of charge pleasant staff.
  • 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!
  • 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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