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Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Very interesting and informative

Anyone spending any time in Thurso or the surrounding area would find this museum of interest. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert E
London, United Kingdom
Interesting small museum

Well worth a visit. For an entry fee of £4 you get presentations on Caithness and its natural... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Caithness Horizons is a Museum in Thurso. The collections cover three floors and cover the history of Caithness as well as focusing on four main areas; Picts, Vikings, Robert Dick (local baker and botanist) and the Dounreay Nuclear Research...more
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High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
+44 1847 896508
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All reviews well worth a visit control room local history pictish stones nuclear power couple of hours interesting museum local area staff were very helpful power station introductory film three floors great cafe tourist information atomic energy home made cakes well laid out
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anyone spending any time in Thurso or the surrounding area would find this museum of interest. The section on the Picts should finally dispel the idea that they were a bunch of barbarians who spent their time painting themselves with woad and throwing rocks at...More

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. For an entry fee of £4 you get presentations on Caithness and its natural history, on the Dounreay nuclear research centre, on the Viking and Pictish peoples who lived in Caithness and on some important local people. There is a simple...More

Thank PeterfromEngland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting gifts in shop. Exhibition on power station. All free this particular day. Tea and cake lovely in the cafe

Thank Penny M
Reviewed 19 August 2018

I went to the Caithness Horizons Museum to see the Caithness Family History Society (by appointment). The Society is one of several organisations using the Centre. Afterwards I spent an hour exploring the museum - I would have been there longer, but I arrived close...More

Thank MagmaTravels
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We had a morning to spend before getting the ferry to Orkney and we came to the museum. It was very interesting especially the video and the information on Dounreay. Well worth a visit. One negative point in this day and age in Scotland was...More

Thank EGD44
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

The museum has expanded quite considerably and the items on display are very interesting. There is so much to look at and learn. They have made some the exhibits child friendly. It is well worth the entrance fee and I have n't any hesitation in...More

Thank Colin L
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

The place has a car park in front, but it filled fast. We arrived a bit later than 11 am, and parked a couple of street away. We spent 3 hours there. It was just enough to go through every section. The multimedia materials are...More

Thank 0hThePlacesYouWillGo
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Interesting museum in Thurso depicting the history of the surrounding area since about the Picts. Lots of unusual and interesting artifacts. An entire section on Dounreay. Well worth a visit plus they have a cafe although we didn't have time to try!

Thank Rose S
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Spent a couple of hours here, what a great little centre, there is tourist information there as well and very helpful. Wonderful small but well designed museum which has a lot about the history of the area which was so informative made us realise how...More

Thank SKaustralia
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Caithness Horizons is a museum, the likes of which others ought to aspire to. The museum takes you on a journey from the Picts to Fast Breeder Reactors stopping of for some really excellent videos of the wildlife and countryside. The cafe is great too!...More

Thank Graham H
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Robin C
17 May 2017|
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Response from ThursoMuseum | Property representative |
Hi there Robin, yes, the Museum is wheelchair accessible, we have a lift with access to all floors and an accessible bathroom on the ground floor. We'd love to welcome you to the Museum soon.
Steve D
8 December 2016|
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Response from Marion O |
Hi there, sorry for the delay in getting back to you! The cup of tea is a replica. Story goes that when the testing reactor was closed in the 60's, someone left behind their tea, some biscuits and a newspaper. The items... More