Museums & Exhibitions

A number of museums are taking part in the Highland Archaeology Festival, some by hosting special exhibitions, and others by participating in the Highland Archaeology Festival 2017 Object Trail.

Highland Archaeology Festival 2017 Object Trail

Sixteen museums and archives are taking part in the HAF 2017 Object Trail! Visit to see their featured HAF 2017 object, and get your visit stamped on the passport included in the Highland Archaeology Festival brochure or passport pages downloadable from the Document Library. The person who has the most stamps will win a £25 book token (in the event of a tie, winners will be drawn from a hat).

Participating museums and their opening times are listed below. Note that some have entrance fees, but all are offering at least half price on some or all days. If you are coming from a distance, phone to ensure opening hours.



Kilmartin Museum

Half price for HAF passport holders

Daily 10am-5:30pm

01546 510278

Clan Macpherson Museum, Newtonmore

Free / donations welcome

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm

01540 673332

Grantown Museum

Half price to HAF passport holders

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

01479 872478

Dunbeath Heritage Centre

Half price to HAF passport holders

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

01593 731233

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Free / donations welcome

Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm

01463 237114

Glencoe Folk Museum  

Half price on 9th-14th Oct to HAF passport holders

Tue-Sat 10am-4:30pm

01855 811664

West Highland Museum, Fort William

Free / donations welcome

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

01397 702169

Elgin Museum

Free / donations welcome

Mon-Fri  10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm

01343 543675

Nairn Museum

Free on Saturdays to HAF passport holders

Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-1pm    

01667 456791

Cromarty Courthouse Museum

Free / donations welcome

Daily 12-4pm

01381 610795

Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie

Free / donations welcome

Sat & Sun 7th/8th & 14th/15th Oct 2-4:30pm; Mon-Fri 9th-13th Oct 11am-4:30pm  

01381 620961

Gairloch Museum 

Half price 9th-14th Oct for HAF passport holders

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 11am-3pm

01445 712287

Highland Museum of Childhood, Strath-peffer  Half price for HAF passport holders

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

01997 421031

Invergordon Museum

Free / donations welcome

Sun-Wed 1st-4th October, 1am-3pm

01349 852707

Strathnaver Museum 

Half price on Saturdays for HAF passport holders

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

01641 521418

Ferrycroft Visitor Centre, Lairg

Free / donations welcome

Daily 10am-4pm

01549 402160


Special Exhibitions during Highland Archaeology Festival

Note that some have entrance fees; these are marked with a £ symbol below. If you are coming from a distance, phone to ensure opening hours.

I, Richard Waitt, Picture Drawer – Portraits of a Highland Clan (1713 -1733)
Grantown Museum   [Badenoch & Strathspey]
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.  £, suitable for wheelchairs.
Waitt’s portraits of Clan Grant now hang in Scotland’s prestigious galleries and properties. Together for the first time, this unique exhibition reveals the intriguing world of a Highland clan in the time of the Jacobites. Adults £4, children free.
Phone 01479 872 478, Email

Telford in Badenoch and Strathspey
Grantown Library   [Badenoch & Strathspey]
Mon 1-5pm, 6-8pm; Wed 10am-1pm, 2-5pm; Fri 10am-12pm, 1-5pm, Sat 10-1. Free/donations welcome.
Exhibition produced by a community project investigating the work and impact of Thomas Telford, 19th century engineer in Badenoch and Strathspey.
Phone 01349 868822, Email

1815 Samples of Clan Macpherson Tartan
Clan Macpherson Museum, Main Street, Newtonmore   [Badenoch & Strathspey]
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm.  Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
A display featuring two samples of Clan Macpherson tartan produced in 1815 by the Highland Society of London.
Phone 01540 673332, Email

Wag of Forse Landscape
Dunbeath Heritage Museum   [Caithness]
Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm.  £, suitable for wheelchairs
Alongside artefacts from the site (courtesy of NMS), we'll display site plans, information and excavation photographs from the late 1940's. There will also be reproduction pottery for handling, made of local clays. £2.50 entry fee, children free.
Phone 01593 731233, Email

Caithness Broch Project Exhibition
Caithness Horizons Museum, Thurso  [Caithness]
Caithness Broch Project host their first exhibition inside Caithness Horizons Museum.  The exhibition explores the brochs of Caithness and is on display until 14th October 2017. Adults £4, children £2, under 5 free, family ticket £10.
Phone 01847 896508, Email

Inverness Castle Through the Ages
Highland Archive & Registration Centre, Archive Search Room, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5SS [Inverness]
Oct 2nd-13th Mon, Tue, Thur 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-7:30pm; Fri 10am-4:30pm. Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
The Inverness Castle has been a structure of fascination over the centuries. The Highland Archive Centre is focussing on the history of the Castle for this year’s Highland Archaeology Festival, through a unique display of items from the archives. There will be maps, photographs, historical notes and documents available to see. You don’t need to book to visit and the whole family is welcome at this drop-in event.
Phone 01463 256444

Highland Archaeology Festival 2017 Photographic Competition
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery   [Inverness]
Tue-Sat 3rd-7th Oct 10am-5pm.   Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
See the shortlisted entries in the HAF 2017 photographic competition.
Phone 01463 237114, Email

Museum of Scottish Mountaineering Displays
Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection   [Lochaber]
Sept 29th to Oct 8th 10am-4pm.   Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs in part
Special opening again this year to see displays of mountaineering artefacts and associated photographs at the centre in Glen Roy (NH 290 834). Teas/coffees and cakes too.
Phone 01397 712356,

The Birnie Hoard
Elgin Museum   [Moray]
Mon-Fri  10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
For 2017, a revised display of treasures from Dr. Fraser Hunter’s Birnie excavations, on loan from National Museums Scotland.
Phone 01343 543675, Email

Nairn Performing Arts Guild – a reprise
Nairn Museum   [Nairn]
Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-1pm.  £, suitable for wheelchairs
Celebrating the years of the Guild in photos, programmes and costume. Adults £4, conc. £3, child £1, under 5 free, family (2+2) £8.
Phone 01667 456791, Email

Archaeology in Cromarty
Cromarty Courthouse Museum   [Ross & Cromarty]
Daily 12-4pm.   Free/donations  welcome 
Exhibition of medieval and later objects found during the Cromarty Medieval Community Archaeology Project 2013-2016.
Phone 01381 610795, Email

Treasure Trove of the Bronze Age in Rosemarkie
Groam House Museum, 38 High Street, Rosemarkie   [Ross & Cromarty]
Sat & Sun 7th/8th & 14th/15th 2-4:30pm; Mon 9th-Fri 13th 11am-4:30pm.   Free/donations
Highlights of the Bronze Age finds from local excavations at the Rosemarkie waterworks site on loan from Cromarty Courthouse Museum.
Phone 01862 892998; Email

Old Photographs of Easter Ross
Dingwall Community Library   [Ross & Cromarty]
Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-6pm; Tues & Thurs 9am-8pm; Sat 10am-5pm.  Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
A running slide show of old photographs from Dingwall Museum’s collection, at Dingwall Community Library.
Phone 01349 869869

Kiltearn Old Kirk
Cornerstone Café, 16 Balconie Street, Evanton   [Ross & Cromarty]
Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-2:30pm.  Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
An exhibition pulling together historical research, gravestone recording, standing building survey and family history searches undertaken as a community project investigating Kiltearn Old Kirk in Evanton. Organised by Evanton Community Trust and ARCH
Phone 077888 35466; Email  and


Wartime Invergordon
Invergordon Museum   [Ross & Cromarty]
Sun-Wed 1st-4th October, 1am-3pm.  Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
New display resulting from two community projects, showing the importance of Invergordon in WWI and WWII. It features our HAF2017 Museum object!

Historic Photo Exhibition
Nigg Community Hall   [Ross & Cromarty]
7th & 8th October, 10am-4pm.   Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
Based on a survey of the area undertaken 1995-1998, with photos taken by photographer Richard Blosse and other old photos collected. Organised by Nigg and Shandwick Community Council.
Phone 01862 863230

Memories of Gairloch: Milk in a Whisky Bottle: Wester Ross Schooldays Remembered by Gairloch U3A Local History Group
Gairloch Museum   [Ross & Cromarty]
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11-3. £, suitable for wheelchairs
Are schooldays the happiest days of our lives?  Gairloch U3A Local History Group uses oral history recordings, images and objects from Gairloch Heritage Museum’s collection to relate the triumphs and trials of attending school in a rural parish in the pre-war period.  Residents of Gairloch and the surrounding area describe their memories of attending school in the 1930s and 40s.    Adults £4, conc. £3, children £1, under 5s free. Organised by Gairloch Museum and Gairloch U3A Local History Group.
Phone 01445 712287, Email

The WWII Arctic Convoys to Russia 1941-1945
Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition Centre, Birchburn, Aultbea   [Ross & Cromarty]
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.  £, suitable for wheelchairs   
Recently opened exhibition with a comprehensive collection of artefacts, models, memorabilia, photographs, paintings and much more. Adults £3.50, under 18s free.
Phone 01445 731137, Email

Ullapool Museum New Look
Ullapool Museum   [Ross & Cromarty]
Mon-Sat 11am-4pm.  £, suitable for wheelchairs  in part.
Visit Ullapool Museum to see the refurbished galleries with lots of new displays and hands-on activities for young audiences, and restoration work on the old Telford church. Adults: £4, under 16s free. Wheelchair access only on ground floor.
Phone 01854 612987, Email

Vikings and Our Maritime Heritage
Museum of the Isles, Armadale Castle [Skye & Lochalsh]
Daily 10am-5:30pm.   £, suitable for wheelchairs   
Exhibition with loans from National Museum of Scotland (replica Eigg boat stem), Treasure Trove (finds from the Ardnamurchan boat burial), and other finds from Skye including boat fragments from Rugh an Dunain, an anchor from Camus Croise, and Viking Age coin and pommel from Sleat. Adults £8.50, conc. and children 5-15 £6.95 (includes entry to Armadale Castle gardens).
Phone: 01471 844305, Email

If Stones Could Talk
Kyle of Sutherland Heritage Centre, Kincardine Old Parish Church near Ardgay   [Sutherland]
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm.  Free/donations welcome, suitable for wheelchairs
Special exhibition of photographs of Pictish stones from around Scotland.  Our own Pictish stone is on display, giving an opportunity to hear the story of it as well as the church. Phone ahead if needing disabled access.
Phone 07944 179532,

The Strathnaver Clearances
Strathnaver Museum  [Sutherland]
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.  £, suitable for wheelchairs  
Stand in the church which gave witness to the reading of eviction notices and later heard evidence from those affected by the Clearances as part of the Napier Commission. Adults: £3, conc. £2, children 5-16 £1, children under 5  free.
Phone 01641 521418, Email

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