West Highland Museum in Fort William

Whether looking to uncover archaeology, natural history, Commando training and weaponry, Highland crofting life, costumes and charms, Victorian times, or even the history of mountain rescue, rest assured! West Highland Museum holds the answers behind all of these! Come along on a visit to the museum and get ready for a journey through time to uncover the history of The Highlands!

Is there a museum in Fort William?

The West Highland Museum (located in Cameron Square, just near the Centre of Fort William High Street) is packed with 8 rooms of display and is equipped with fascinating artefacts. From treasure taken from a Spanish Armada shipwreck to the set of bagpipes played at Bannockburn in 1314. Come along and experience the tales this museum has to tell!

The West Highland Museum exists purely to collect, preserve, and present items of historical and cultural significance that are related to the West Highland Area! The collections at the museum range across various subjects, from modern industry to ancient archaeology, with a focus on the Jacobites rising in the 18th century.

The museum comes with a gift and book shop that stocks a large selection of books on a range of topics relevant to the collections found at the museum. From specialist titles for avid historians to introductory books for children, there is something for everyone to discover as well as a range of gifts, local crafts, glassware, souvenirs and toys!

The museum is free of admission and relies solely on donations to cover the operational costs that come with the museum.

  • Open from 10 am to 3 pm all year round from Tuesday to Friday
  • Group tours can be planned by contacting the manager or emailing the museum
  • Disabled access is available to reach the upper floor of the museum

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