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Caithness Horizons Museumand Art Gallery

High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
+44 1847 896508
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Incredible museum with fascinating exhibits

This is a brilliant museum with friendly staff. The exhibits are absolutely incredible and provide... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
Uckfield, United Kingdom
via mobile
Love the atmosphere

I love this museum - have been many times before - I always visit when I am in the area. I... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2017
Jane-Anne D
Scotland, 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 Establishment. We're also home to a cafe, gift shop, temporary exhibition gallery and the VisitScotland Thurso office.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“local history” (16 reviews)
“control room” (7 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
High Street, Thurso KW14 8AJ, Scotland
+44 1847 896508
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

This is a brilliant museum with friendly staff. The exhibits are absolutely incredible and provide an insight into the history of nuclear power in the area. This is contrasted against the ancient history in the form of Pictish stones. There is more than enough to...More

Thank Vedrina
Reviewed 5 December 2017

I love this museum - have been many times before - I always visit when I am in the area. I especially love the Pictish Standing Stones room - it has a great atmosphere. Overall the museum has just the right balance of history from...More

Thank Jane-Anne D
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Well worth a visit - I wish I had had longer to spend there. From the earliest history of Caithness to the more recent, it's all here. I especially enjoyed the displays about the Dounreay reactor - very few museums have an original reactor control...More

Thank LouR21
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Visited on our North Coast 500 run. Very pleased that we did as the Dounreay section alone was worth every penny. It was the same entrance fee as some the rest of the “so called” museums that quite frankly were poor. The information on Dounreay...More

Thank Allmac06
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We had planned to visit anyway, but thanks to hurricane Ophelia, we came earlier. Parking right outside, and morning coffee/scone in the cafe to start. Then the museum. Well laid out, a lot about Dounreay nuclear power (I guess they provided finance and decommissioned “bits”)....More

Thank drpetembe
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Great local museum, nice events on thru year but review relates to prices in cafe. Very expensive! We live locally but recent visit for kids crafts and subsequent lunch cost a small fortune. Sorry to say likely to lunch elsewhere in future.

Thank reillym88
Reviewed 26 September 2017

What a great museum! I have to confess, I only went for the Lego Broch, but was glad that I did go. A well thought out and laid out museum over 3 levels. It gives a good history of the area, including displays of Pictish...More

1  Thank Susan C
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This museum is a hidden gem in Caithness. It gives a real flavour of Caithness history through the centuries. It has some amazing Pictish stones and a highly informative display which tells the story of the Dounreay Nuclear Plant.

Thank Anne M
Reviewed 17 September 2017

This should certainly be on your list of things to do if you are in or around Thurso and is full of things of interest for all ages from ancient Viking Stones to Nuclear Power Plant control panels, with all sorts of geology, ecology, wildlife...More

Thank NeilSK
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This museum shows an interesting insight into the nuclear facility at Dounreay as well as areas such as the flow country. It has an excellent cafe too.

Thank Thelma A
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Robin C
18 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
9 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