Museums & Exhibitions

A number of museums and libraries have special exhibitions for HAF. Details and opening hours of museums open during the festival can be found by clicking here.

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.

D14 - Easter Raitts – Uncovered

‘Baile Gean’ township is based on the original Badenoch settlement of Easter Raitts. This exhibition shows research and survey work undertaken in the early planning of the township. It will be situated in the Baile Gean township within the museum.

Free/donations welcome. Open 11am-4:30pm

Highland Folk Museum. Phone 01540 673551
www.highlandfolk.com

D1 - Past Excavations at Wag of Forse

We will exhibit images and finds from Alexander Curle's excavations of the Wag of Forse in 1937-1946. Included will be text and interpretation by Dr A Baines. Also on display is the Bronze Age “Ewart-Park type” sword from the area (currently on loan from NMS). Adults £3, children free.

Wheelchair accessible. Open Mon 10am-4pm, Wed 1pm-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm.

Dunbeath Heritage Museum. Phone 01593 731233
Email info@dunbeath-heritage.org.uk
www.dunbeath-heritage.org.uk

D2 - The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage in Caithness

A display showing the results of a WEA/ARCH project investigating women’s suffrage in Caithness. Venue: Wick Library.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Open Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm.

ARCH / WEA Women in the Highlands. Phone 077888 35466
Email highlandsuffrage@gmail.com
www.archhighland.org.uk

D3 - Graffito: Pop, Street and Comic Art

French artist Marc Delaye has lived in Scotland since 2000 and will transform the gallery using the aerosol creating everything from the aesthetic to the awesome. Entry free to the Gallery.

Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm

Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery. Phone 01847 896508
Email merran@caithnesshorizons.co.uk
www.caithnesshorizonsmuseum.com

D15 - Military Shoulder Belt Plates from the 18th and 19th Centuries

Exhibition of objects, many acquired through Treasure Trove and on show for the first time.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Phone 01463 732114
Email alison.parfitt@highlifehighland.com
www.highlifehighland.com/inverness-museum-and-art-gallery

D18 - Highland Archaeology: Re-using our Past

Shortlisted entries from the Highland Archaeology Festival 2018 photographic competition adult and children entries.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Open all festival except 12th-14th Oct: Mon, Tue, Fri 10am-6:30pm; Wed 10am-6:30pm; Thu 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-5pm.

Inverness Library. Phone 01463 236463
Email inverness.library@highlifehighland.com

 

D21 - The West Highland Railway

Discover facts and stories of the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the West Highland Line. The museum also includes dining and sleeping carriages and outdoor exhibits such as restored signal box and snow plough.

Group bookings:  £1.50 per person; Jacobite passengers:  £0.50 per person; others by donation. Wheel chair access (unfortunately not in dining car). Dogs welcome on leads (again not in dining car).

Glenfinnan Station Museum.  Phone 01397 722295
Email glenfinnanstationmuseum@gmail.com
www.glenfinnanstationmuseum.co.uk

D4 - The Treasures of Elgin Museum

New for 2018: World War I in 1918 and Poppy Cascade, Lesmurdie cinerary urn, return of Birnie Hoards, Aberlour Orphanage. Our usual displays of Treasure Trove, Pictish stones, Roseisle cist burial.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm.

Elgin Museum. Phone 01343 543675
Email curator@elginmuseum.org.uk
www.elginmuseum.org.uk

D5 - Kids' Archaeology Trail at Elgin Museum

During HAF follow the trail around the Museum to find activities and discover more about our archaeological collections.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Special children activity. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm.

Elgin Museum. Phone 01343 543675
Email curator@elginmuseum.org.uk
www.elginmuseum.org.uk

D6 - Findhorn in Time and Tide

Learn about life in Findhorn through the ages in our Heritage Centre. Our 19th century underground icehouse showcases the important traditional salmon netting industry.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Open 29th-30th Sept, 2pm-5pm

Findhorn Heritage Centre and Icehouse. Phone 01309 691823
Email tim248@btinternet.com
www.findhorn-heritage.co.uk

D17 Recent Treasure Trove Finds at Nairn Museum

Some of our recent finds from Treasure Trove will be on display, inbcluding a rare Anglo-Saxon Flixborough pin and a collection of coins dating back to Edward I. Adults £4, concessions £3, families £8.

Nairn Museum. Phone 01667 456791
Email manager@nairnmuseum.co.uk
www.nairnmuseum.co.uk

D7 - Old Photographs of Easter Ross

A running slide show of old photographs from Dingwall Museum’s collection, displayed at Dingwall Community Library.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Open Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-6pm; Tue, Thur 9am-8pm; Sat 10am-5pm.

Dingwall Museum and Dingwall Community Library (High Life Highland). Phone 01349 869869

D8 - A Land Fit for Heroes?

When service personnel began returning home after WWI, Lloyd George pledged that the land they returned to must be fit for heroes. But was it? Adults £4, children 5-16 £1, seniors/students £3.

Wheelchair accessible. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pml Sat 11am-3pm.

Gairloch Heritage Museum. Phone 01445 712287
Email info@gairlochmuseum.org
www.gairlochmuseum.org

D9 - 100 Years of Invergordon School Photos

New exhibition of photographs showing various class groups of Invergordon schools. If you went to school in the area you might find yourself in our exhibition!

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Open 12th, 13th, 15th Oct, 10am-3pm.

Invergordon Museum. Phone 01349 852707
Email invergordonmuseum@gmail.com
www.invergordonmuseum.co.uk

D10 - Rosemarkie, Fortrose and Avoch in World War I

Exhibition researched and created during a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Highland Council focussing on life in the area and on local people serving abroad during WWI.

Free/donations welcome. Open Mon-Fri 11am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-4:30pm.

Groam House Museum. Phone 01381 620961
Email curator@groamhouse.org.uk
www.groamhouse.org.uk

D11 - Rosemarkie Man

Exhibition on Rosemarkie Man who was found in excavations at a cave near Rosemarkie.

Free/donations welcome. Open Mon-Fri 11am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-4:30pm.

Groam House Museum and Rosemarkie Caves Project. Phone 01381 620961
Email curator@groamhouse.org.uk
www.groamhouse.org.uk

D19 - The Nicolson Mackenzie Memorial Hospital, Strathpeffer

An exhibition of photographs, drawings and documents of the Nicolson Memorial Hospital, Strathpeffer

£. Wheelchair accessible. Open 12th, 13th, 15th-19th Oct, 10am-4pm.

Highland Museum of Childhood, Strathpeffer. Phone 01997 421031
Email curator@highlandmuseumofchildhood.org.uk
www.highlandmuseumofchildhood.org.uk

D20 - A Textile Art Story Quilt

A celebration of stories from the North and Inner Moray Firth gathered by Hugh Miller. Created by artist and storyteller Lizzie McDougall. Adults £6,50, concessions: £5.50, NTS members free.

Open Sat & Sun 29th & 30th; Tue-Fri 1-5pm

Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum, Cromarty (NTS). Phone 01381 600245
Email millermuseum@nts.org.uk
www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/hugh-millers-birthplace

D22 - The Northern Picts Project

Explore the power of the smith, metalwork and elite centres, forging power and magic metal. Adults: £3.50, concession £2.00

£, wheelchair access, Open Sat 29th Sept 10am-4:15pm; Sun 30th Sept & rest of October 2-4:15pm. The Museum is located at Tarbatness Rd, Portmahomack, IV20 1YA.

Tarbat Discovery Centre. Phone 01862 871351
Email info@tarbat-discovery.co.uk
tarbat-discovery.co.uk

D12 - 150th Anniversary of Lairg Station

An exhibition of old photographs, documents and two N gauge model railway dioramas, based on the steam era of the Far North Line. Exhibition prepared by Lairg Local History Society.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Open daily 10am-4pm

Ferrycroft Museum. Phone 01549 402160.
www.highlifehighland.com/ferrycroft-visitor-centre/

D13 - Kincardine Old Parish Church near Ardgay

Special opening hours during HAF to see the old church, the Pictish stone and other resources.

Free/donations welcome. Children with adults welcome. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-4pm

Kyle of Sutherland Heritage Society
Email enquiries@kyle-of-sutherland-heritage.org.uk
 

D16 - The Digital Iron Age in Kildonan

A display that will explore Iron Age landscapes in Kildonan and investigate the process of digital reconstruction of archaeological sites.

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Daily 10am-5pm.

Timespan Museum, Helmsdale. Phone 01431 821327
enquiries@timespan.org.uk
www.timespan.org.uk

 

Museums and Archives open during HAF: 

(£ = entry charge; F/D = Free or donations)

Area  Name Hours during HAF Contact Entry
AR

Cambeltown Heritage Centre

Mon-Thur 11am-4pm

01586 551400

F/D
AR

Kilmartin Museum

10am-5:30pm

01546 510278

£
BS

Clan MacPherson Museum

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun: 12-5pm

01540 673332

F/D
BS

Grantown Museum

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

01479 872478

£
BS

Highland Folk Museum

11am-4:30pm

01540 673551

F/D
CA

Caithness Horizons, Thurso

Tue-Sat 10am - 4pm

01847 896508

£
CA

Dunbeath Heritage Centre

Mon 10am-4pm; Wed 1-6pm; Fri 10am-4pm

01593 731233

£
CA Wick Heritage Centre Mon-Sat 10am-3:45pm 01955 605393 £
CA

Nucleus: the Caithness and Nuclear Archives

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

01955 602444

F/D
IN

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre

9am-6pm

01463 796090

£
IN

Fort George

Sept: 9:30am-5:30pm; Oct onwards: 10am-4pm

01667 460232

£
IN

Highlanders Museum

Sept: 9:30am-4:45pm; Oct onwards: 10am-3:15pm

0131 310 8701

£
IN

Highland Aviation Museum

Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm

01667 461100

£
IN

Highland Family History Room

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-7:30pm

01463 256444

F/D
IN

Inverness Archive Centre

Mon, Tue, Thur 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-7:30pm

01463 256444

F/D
IN

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

01463 237114

F/D
IN

Urquhart Castle

Sept: 9:30am-6pm; Oct: 9:30am-5pm

01456 450551

£
IN

Wardlaw Mausoleum

29th & 30th Sept, 6th & 7th Oct 10am-4pm. Other times if keyholder present

01463 831742

Suggested donation £3
LO Arisaig Land, Sea & Islands Centre Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm 01687 450771 F/D
LO

Glencoe Folk Museum

Tue-Sat 10am–4:30pm

01855 811664

£
LO Glenfinnan Station Museum Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm 01397 722295 F/D
LO

West Highland Museum

Sept: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

01397 702169

F/D
MO

Brodie Castle

10am - 5pm

01309 641371

£
MO

Elgin Museum

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm

01343 543675

F/D
MO

Falconer Museum

Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm

01309 673701

F/D
MO

Findhorn Heritage Centre and Icehouse

29th & 30th Sept 2-5pm

01309 691823

F/D
NA Cawdor Castle To 7 Oct: 10am-5:30pm 01667 404401 £
NA

Nairn Museum

Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm; Sat 10am-1pm.

01667 456791

£
RC

Alness Heritage Centre

Phone for hours

01349 883005

F/D
RC

Cromarty Courthouse Museum

12-4pm

01381 600418

F/D
RC

Gairloch Museum

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

01445 712287

£
RC

Groam House Museum

Mon-Fri: 11am-4:30pm ; Sat & Sun: 2-4:30pm

01463 811883

F/D
RC

Highland Museum of Childhood

Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

01997 421031

£
RC

Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum

Sat & Sun 29th & 30th; Tue-Fri 1-5pm

01381 600245

£
RC

Invergordon Museum

12th, 13th & 15th Oct 11am-3pm

01349 854824

F/D
RC

Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition Centre

Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm

01445 731137

£
RC

Tain Through Time

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm

01862 894089

£
RC

Tarbat Discovery Centre

Sat 29th Sept 10am-4:15pm; Sun 30th Sept & rest of October 2-4:15pm

01862 871351

£
RC

Ullapool Museum

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 11am-4pm

01854 612987

£
SL

Eilean Donan Castle

10am-6pm

01599 555202

£
SL

Museum of the Isles, Armadale, Skye

10am-5:30pm

01471 844305

£
SL

Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 10am-1pm, 2-5pm

01478 614078

F/D
SU

Brora Heritage Centre

10:30am–4:30pm

01408 622024

F/D
SU

Dunrobin Castle

Mon-Sat 10:30am-16:30pm

01408 633177

£
SU

HistoryLinks Museum

10am-4pm

01862 811275

£
SU

Kyle of Sutherland Heritage Centre

Mon-Sat 11:30am-4pm

  F/D
SU

Strathnaver Museum

Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

01641 521418

£
SU

Timespan, Helmsdale

10am-5pm

01431 821327

£
SU

Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

10am-4pm

01549 402160

F/D
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