100 Years of the West Highland Museum

1922 - 2022

Exhibitions and Events

Return of the Stuarts

West Highland Museum's Centenary Exhibition

Thursday 18th August - Saturday 29th October 2022

Portrait of 16 year old Bonnie Prince Charlie by Rosalba Carriera

This year we celebrate our centenary with an extraordinary exhibition of portraits depicting the Royal House of Stuart in exile. This iconic exhibition will feature paintings never before displayed together in Scotland and some which have never before been exhibited. The recently rediscovered portrait of a 16-year-old Bonnie Prince Charlie, by renowned Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera, will be showcased at this event.

The exhibition will include paintings of four generations of the Royal House of Stuart, including James VIII (the Old Pretender) and his wife Princess Clementina Sobieska, through to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, (Bonnie Prince Charlie), and his daughter, Charlotte the Duchess of Albany. The series concludes with Charlotte's daughter Princess Marie Victorie de Rohan. These paintings illustrate the deposed Royal Stuart dynasty, the family who inspired the Jacobite clans to risk so much in their attempts to restore them to the throne of Scotland during the Jacobite risings. This will be the last opportunity to see these paintings before most are moved to a new permanent home, the Museum of the Princes Lubomirski, in the Polish city of Wrocław.

Entry information

Adults: £3.00
Under 16s (accompanied by an adult): Free
Group visits over 10: email info@westhighlandmuseum.org.uk

Dogs are not permitted in the exhibition space, but are welcome in all other areas of the museum.

This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and to the numerous individuals and organisations who contributed to our Art Happens crowdfunding campaign.

Association of Independent Museums Art Fund_ Drambuie Lyon and Turnbull auctioneers Museums Galleries Scotland

100 Objects Digital Exhibition

100 Objects Digital Exhibition image

The West Highland 100 is an online digital gallery created for our 100th anniversary which showcases the 100 most iconic objects in the West Highland Museum's collection chosen by visitors.

The University of St. Andrews have created a digital gallery and virtual museum for visitors to explore our collections online in the comfort of their own homes. The gallery includes photographs, video, podcasts, blogs, audio, and 3D recreations of objects. Visit the gallery via our website or directly at whm100.org/


Wednesday 17th August: Return of the Stuarts Volunteers pre-launch

An exhibition preview for museum volunteers hosted by the museum with special guests Peter Pininski and Professor Edward Corp. Includes a buffet and bar by Drambuie.

Invitation only

Thursday 18th August: Return of the Stuarts Exhibition Launch

At Highland Cinema 11.00am - 3.15pm. Lecture by Professor Edward Corp and Peter Pininski, followed by tours of the exhibition and a buffet lunch at the cinema restaurant.

£20 (£15 for museum members & crowdfund supporters)

Tickets on sale from 1 July

Thursday 19th August: Return of the Stuarts Schools Day

An event in Cameron Square for Lochaber Schools focusing on all things Jacobite. Featuring virtual reality from the University of St Andrews, and activities with author Barbara Henderson and swordsmith Paul MacDonald.

Free event for Lochaber schools

Contact the museum to book

We are planning a series of events throughout the year.
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