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.

If you are coming from a distance, phone to ensure opening hours. After each title, there is a code for the region: AR = Argyll, BS = Badenoch & Strathspey, CA = Caithness, IN = Inverness & area, LO = Lochaber, MO = Moray, NA = Nairn, RC = Ross & Cromarty, SL = Skye & Lochalsh, SU = Sutherland

Special Exhibitions during Highland Archaeology Festival

Cabinet of Curiosities [BS]

A selection of curious objects from our collections including mysterious archaeological finds.

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat, Sun 11am-3pm

Adults £4, under 16s free. Wheelchair access

Grantown Museum
Phone 01479 872478
Email info@grantownmuseum.co.uk
www.grantownmuseum.co.uk

Adventures in Costume [BS]

Experience life in the past - grown up dressing up! Grantown Museum presents costumes from its unique dressing up experience.  On display will be over 20 exquisite, handmade replica costumes in sumptuous fabrics. 
If you would like to try on any of the costumes, book an hour in the museum with our expert dresser who will take you on an adventure through time. Take home a video and souvenir photographs and feel what it was like to be dressed in the finery of the day.

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun 11am-3pm

Adults £4, under 16s free. Wheelchair access

Grantown Museum
Phone 01479 872478
Email info@grantownmuseum.co.uk
www.grantownmuseum.co.uk

Refurbished Display At Clan Macpherson Museum [BS]

Our newly refurbished exhibition tells you a story of land and landscape, family and belonging, loyalty and rebellion.

Thu-Mon 11am-1:30pm, 2-6pm; Wed 2-6pm

Donations welcome. Wheelchair access

Clan Macpherson Museum
Phone 01540 673332
Email museum@clan-macpherson.org
https://www.clanmacphersonmuseum.org.uk/

Late Iron Age Site: Wag of Forse Exhibition [CA]

Artefacts, text and a small number of photographs form A. O. Curle's excavations will be on show, along with other Caithness Archaeological finds.

27th, 28th, 30th Sept; 4th, 5th 7th Oct 10am-4pm

Donations welcome. Wheelchair access.

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

Pictish Stones at North Coast Visitor Centre [CA]

A collection of carved stones dating back as far as the 6th century offers insights into the mysterious culture of the Picts. 

In addition to the Pictish Stones Room there are five more display cases on another floor containing archaeological artefacts from the Stone Age all the way to the Middle Ages, mainly featuring Picts and Vikings. The museum also has a theatre playing a twenty-minute documentary movie about the history of Caithness. 

Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

Free / donations welcome. Wheelchair access. Cafe

North Coast Visitor Centre, Thurso
Phone 01847 805020
Email ncvc@highlifehighland.com
www.highlifehighland.com/north-coast-visitor-centre10/

Patrick Sellar and the Highland Clearances [MO]

Exhibition on this ever-popular topic!

24th-30th Sept, 12-4pm

Free / donations. Suitable for wheelchairs. Limited parking.

Burghead Visitor Centre
Phone 01343 835518
Email cm5652432@gmail.com
www.burghead.com/

New Additions to Elgin Museum's Archaeology Collection [MO]

See the latest Treasure Trove allocations including the Kinloss stone now displayed with our other Pictish and Early Medieval Carved stone.

Sat & Sun 11am-3pm. Check for unexpected closures and additional opening and events in the Museum. Entry otherwise by appointment only.

Free / donations welcome. Partially suitable for wheelchairs. Council parking nearby, free only on Sundays, £1 on Saturdays. Disabled parking behind the museum. Please follow Elgin Museum on our website  and social media including our Youtube channel. You will find archaeological talks and interviews and also activities for children (and others) to carry out at home.

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

Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 at Elgin Museum [MO]

New displays telling stories both of Moray’s past and the roles played by Moray people in contributing to our past.

Sat & Sun 11am-3pm. Check for unexpected closures and additional opening and events in the Museum. Entry otherwise by appointment only.

Free / donations welcome. Partially suitable for wheelchairs. Council parking nearby, free only on Sundays, £1 on Saturdays. Disabled parking behind the museum. Please follow Elgin Museum on our website  and social media including our Youtube channel. You will find archaeological talks and interviews and also activities for children (and others) to carry out at home.

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

Isobel Gowdie, the Witch of Auldearn [NA]

The exhibition will include the story of Isobel Gowdie and the Highland Witch Trials. There will be a cycle of paintings by Glasgow-based artist, Julia Jeffrey on the story of Isobel Gowdie together with various witch-related objects and a display of local artist, Helen Wright's Isobel Gowdie mural.

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

Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children free. 

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

The Science of Skulls [RC]

A special exhibition about the archaeological science which has unlocked the secrets of the extraordinary ‘6-headed’ medieval burials excavated in St Colman’s Church, Portmahomack

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1-4pm

Adults £5, Seniors and Teens £4, 12 & under free. Partially suitable for wheelchairs. Access to the 2nd floor by lift is not currently available.  Funding is in place for new lifts.

Tarbat Discovery Centre
Phone 01862 871351
Email admin@tarbat-discovery.co.uk
www.tarbat-discovery.co.uk/

Ross & Cromarty Heritage Society: Collecting Resources of Ross-shire Communities [1] [RC]

A looped power point presentation including a selection of photographs from the 36 communities of Ross-shire, covered by the Ross & Cromarty Heritage Society to document the past, present and future changes in the area. Displayed at Dingwall Community Library.

Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-6pm; Tue, Thu 9am-8pm; Sat 10am-5pm

Free/donations welcome. Wheelchair access.

Ross & Cromarty Heritage Society /  Dingwall Library
Phone 01349 869869 (Library)
Email enquiries@rossandcromartyheritage.org
www.rossandcromartyheritage.org / www.highlifehighland.com/libraries/lochcarron-library/

Ross & Cromarty Heritage Society: Collecting Resources of Ross-shire Communities [2] [RC]

A pictorial display board depicting a selection of photographs from the 36 communities of Ross-shire, covered by the Ross & Cromarty Heritage Society to document the past, present and future changes of the area. Display at Lochcarron Library.

Tues 9am-12:30pm, 6-8pm; Wed & Fri 2-4:30pm

Free / donations welcome. Wheelchair Access.

Ross & Cromarty Herirtage Society / Locharron Library
Telephone 01520 722679 (Library)
Email enquiries@rossandcromartyheritage.org
www.rossandcromartyheritage.org / www.highlifehighland.com/libraries/lochcarron-library/

New Soundscapes in Cromarty Courthouse [RC]

There are four story soundscapes, based on real stories and using our our memorable mannequins.2 trials can be heard in the courtroom, the musings of 17th century earl of cromarty, Sir Thomas Urquhart, and a Victorian prisoner has a conversation with his jailer in a cell.

12-4pm

Free / donations welcome. Unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.

Cromarty Courthouse Museum
Phone 01381 600418
Email courthousecromarty@gmail.com
www.cromartycourthouse.org.uk

The Platinum Jubilee [RC]

We're squeezing every last inch out of celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II during 2022. Visit before the end of October to see our display of Jubilee memorabilia, celebration bunting created by children from Strathpeffer Primary School and complete our Quest for the Queen's Corgis.

Tue 10am-2pm, Wed-Sat 11am-4pm

Adults £5, Concession £3, Children free. Wheelchair accessible

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

Ashaig Holy Well [SL]

An exhibition showing selected finds uncovered during an excavation of the Holy Well at Ashaig near Broadford on Skye.

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-1pm and 2-5pm

Free / donations welcome. Suitable for wheelchairs.

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, Portree
Phone 01478 614078
Emil Skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com
www.highlifehighland.com/skye-and-lochalsh-archive-centre/

STRINGS / LINES

Unraveling the story of string: people, plants and place. 

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-1pm and 2-5pm

Free / donations welcome. Suitable for wheelchairs.

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, Portree
Phone 01478 614078
Emil Skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com
www.highlifehighland.com/skye-and-lochalsh-archive-centre/

Mammals: Past, Present and Future [SU]

Historylinks Young Curators Club presents a timeline of mammals that roamed Scotland in the past, looks at mammals in the area today and discusses the reintroduction of species.

Daily 10:30am-4pm

Adults £4.50, Concession £3.50, Children free. Suitable for wheelchairs.

Historylinks Museum, Dornoch
Phone 01862 811275
Email curator@historylinks.org.uk
www.historylinks.org.uk

Archaeology at Dunrobin Castle Museum [SU]

The display at the museum in the grounds of Dunrobin Castle is a product of its time, created in Victorian times with floor to ceiling displays and handwritten labels. Rather than change the exhibition, new trails and case information are now available for visitors. Come try them out!

Daily 10:30am-4:30pm (last entry 4pm)

Free with entrance to Dunrobin Castle (Adults £13.50, Senior and Students £11.50,  Children £8.50, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £42. Unfortunately museum not wheelchair accessible. Cafe in castle.

Dunrobin Castle
Phone 01408 633177
Email www.dunrobincastle.co.uk/

Museums and Archives open during HAF: 

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

Note: This list is only museums and archives which have confirmed details or have posted details on their websites. Others may be open as well. Some places have last entry times: contact them for details.

Area 

Name

Hours during HAF

Contact

Entry

 

BS

Clan MacPherson Museum

Thu-Mon 11am-1:30pm, 2-6pm; Wed 2-6pm

01540 673332

F/D

 

BS

Grantown Museum

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun 11am-3pm

01479 872478

£

 

BS

Highland Folk Museum

10:30am-4pm

01349 781650

D

 

CA

Castlehill Heritage Centre

Sat, Sun, Wed 2-4pm

01847 821120

F/D

 

CA

Dunbeath Heritage Centre

27th, 28th, 30th Sept; 4th, 5th 7th Oct 10am-4pm

01593 731233

F/D

 

CA

North Coast Visitor Centre

Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

01847 805020

F/D

 

CA

Nucleus: the Caithness and Nuclear Archives

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-4pm

01955 602444

F/D

 

CA

Wick Museum

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

01955 605205

£

 

IN

Abertarff House, Inverness

Mon-Fri 10:30am-5:30-pm

01463
796090
F/D  

IN

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre

until 30 Sept 9:30am-5:30pm; from 1 Oct: 10am-4pm

01463 796090

£

 

IN

Fort George

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

01667 460232

£

 

IN

Highlanders Museum

10am - 4pm

0131 310

8701

£ (to Fort George)

 

IN

Highland Family History Room

Mon, Tue, Thur 10am-4:30pm

01349 781130

F/D

 

IN

Highland Archive Centre, Inverness

Mon, Tue, Thur 10am-4:30pm

01349 781130

F/D

 

IN

Inverness Emergency Bunker

contact to book a tour

0845 463

4633

£

 

IN

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

01349 781730

F/D

 

IN

Urquhart Castle

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

01456 450551

£

 

IN

Wardlaw Mausoleum

phone to arrange a visit

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-Sun 11am-3pm

01855 811664

£

 

LO

Clan Cameron Museum

Contact museum for details

07900 217975

£

 

LO

Glenfinnan Station Museum

9am-5pm

01397 722295

£

 

LO

Lochaber Archive Centre

Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-1pm, 2-5pm

01397 701942

F/D

 

LO

Mallaig Heritage Centre

Sept: 11am-5pm, Oct: 11am-4pm

01687 462085

£

 

LO

West Highland Museum

Sept: Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10:30am-4:30pm; Oct: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10:30am - 1:30pm

01397 702169

F/D

 

MO

Burghead Visitor Centre

12pm - 4pm (24th-30th Sept)

01343 835518

F/D

 

MO

Brodie Castle

Wed-Sun 10am-4pm

01309 641371

£

 

MO

Elgin Museum

Sat & Sun 11am-3pm. Check website & social media for additional openings

01343 543675

F/D

 

MO

Findhorn Heritage Centre and Icehouse

24th & 25th Sept 2-5pm

01309 691823

F/D

 

NA

Cawdor Castle

To 2nd Oct: 10am-5:30pm

01667 404401

£

 

NA

Nairn Museum

Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm; Sat 10am-1pm 

01667 456791

£

 

RC

Alness Heritage Centre

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

01349 883005

F/D

 
 
 

RC

Applecross Heritage Centre

Usually 12-4pm. Contact for details

01520 744478

   

RC

Cromarty Courthouse Museum

12-4pm. 

01381 600418

F/D

 

RC

Dingwall Museum

Until 1st Oct Wed-Sat 10am-4pm

01349 865366

F/D

 

RC

Gairloch Museum

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

01445 712287

£

 

RC

Groam House Museum

Daily 1-pm

01381 620961

F/D

 

RC

Highland Museum of Childhood

Tue 10am-2pm, Wed-Sat 11am-4pm

01997 421031

£

 
 
 

RC

Hugh Miller's Museum

Sept 1-5pm, Oct Mon, Thu, Sun 1-5pm

01381 600245

£

 

RC

Invergordon Museum

Contact museum invergordonmuseum@gmail.com

 

F/D

 

RC

Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition Centre

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

01445 731137

£

 

RC

Tain & District Museum

Tue-Fri 10am-4pm

01862 894089

£

 

RC

Tarbat Discovery Centre

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1-4pm

01862 871351

£

 

RC

Ullapool Museum

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm

01854 612987

£

 

SL

Eilean Donan Castle

Sept 9:30am-6pm, Oct 10am-6pm

01599 555202

£

 

SL

Museum of the Isles, Armadale, Skye

Wed-Sun 9:30am-5pm

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

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

01408 633177

£

 

SU

HistoryLinks Museum

10:30am-4pm

01862 811275

£

 

SU

Timespan, Helmsdale

10am-5pm

01431 821327

£

 

SU

Ferrycroft Visitor Centre

10am-4pm

01549 402160

F/D

 

 

 

 

 

 

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