Caithness Horizons Museum
Housed in the old town hall in Thurso, the Museum covers the history of the county of Caithness. Permanent displays explore the Picts, Vikings, the Dounreay Nuclear Research Establishment and Robert Dick who was a local baker and botanist. Our latest permanent exhibition opened in the Summer of 2017 and focuses on The Flow Country, the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe. A 20 minute film of the county is one of our most loved displays. It showcases the county’s highlights in a beautiful and creative way. Giving a lovely feel for the area, it’s a must see for all visitors. Caithness has a fascinating story to tell and we love sharing it with the world.
The Gallery is home to a calendar of temporary exhibitions often displaying work from the hugely talented artists in the North of Scotland. We try to accommodate creative workshops alongside each exhibition so check the Museum website to see if you can join in with any artistic workshops during your visit.
With Caithness being home to so many creative and talented folks, our Cafe and Gift shop are bursting full of local products, whether you taste the north in the cafe or take home a Caithness souvenir to remind you of your trip, we’re sure to have something to suit all tastes.
NC500 Member Discount Available:
10% Discount off café sales
Proof of Membership required (Membership card or welcome email).
Winter Opening Hours:
Open from Tues – Sat, 10am-4pm
- 3D North – exhibition 3 Dimensional work of all shapes and sizes. It runs from 9th November – 22nd December
- The Art of Remembrance – a powerful and though provoking display of detailed dioramas of life in the trenches, by John Brotherston of Royal British Legion ( Scotland) Thurso Branch, along with war memorabilia, photos, original brigade map, painted models and much more. Also contributing to the exhibition are commemorative displays by SWRI and Caithness Quilters, and local primary schools. It runs from 1 – 30th November
- Our Christmas Mega Market weekend takes place on 16/17th November with 30 stalls showcasing a variety of local makers. We also have a kids choir and Melvich gaelic choir visiting a day each to sing us some Christmas carols. We will also be running Best Christmas Jumper and Best Christmas Hat Competitions along with lots of other exciting activities. Entry to the museum is free for both these days.
- We are also holding a Community Awareness Day on the 1st Dec where we are inviting local community groups to raise awareness of their causes. This coincides with the Thurso Shopping Day which is quite a big event in the town.