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Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery

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Excellent Museum

It cost me £4 for entrance to this museum and there is plenty to see inside. The building was once... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2018
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Very interesting and informative

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

Reviewed 1 October 2018
Robert E
London, United Kingdom
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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
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All reviews natural history well worth a visit control room pictish stones nuclear power interesting museum couple of hours power station local area tourist information staff were very helpful three floors great cafe great wee home made cakes soup surrounding area
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

It cost me £4 for entrance to this museum and there is plenty to see inside. The building was once the local town house and it was nice to see the flags flying outside. The biggest exhibition was the story of Dounreay. I watched a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Robert E
Reviewed 28 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PeterfromEngland
Reviewed 16 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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!

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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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