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The West Highland Museum was founded in 1922 by a group of Lochaber folk who wished to create a museum for the West Highlands, second to none in Scotland.

There was no museum building and no collection, only a great dream.

The museum has operated as an independent museum for over a century with FREE entry to the museum since 2011. We rely on visitor donations and shop sales to keep us open.

Fascinating History

Our blog is a constantly growing archive of local, historical information, crammed with interesting stories of people, conflict, fashion, industry and more. eg.

Have a look to see just how much it contains.

The Lost Portraits of Bonnie Prince Charlie


Situated in the High Street in the heart of the historic town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, The West Highland Museum's collections tell the story of the region and its history.

Our most renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. But we also hold a wealth of curious and fascinating collections relating to less well-known aspects of the lives of the people of the West Highlands, from the effects of political warfare, to the economic impact of tourism in the region, and the coming of the industrial and modern age.

Why not explore a selection of items from our collections, learn about the museum and its history, become a member, or sign-up to hear first about our news and upcoming events.

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