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West Highland Museum is ready to re-open.

We currently need visitors to book their visiting time with us. See our re-opening notice for details.

Thank you.

Neck Irons from the Governer's room

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

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


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.

Download our introductory leaflet.