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“Historic highland story in one stop”

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Ranked #16 of 94 things to do in Inverness
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum combines fine art with historical and natural artifacts to give visitors a more complete picture of Inverness's complex history. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm. Open May Day. Monday 6th of May 2013.
Reviewed 6 February 2015

If you want to know the history of highland's story including its culture, you definitely need to go to this museum, just behind the Inverness Castle. You will get in touch with some clothes, and gaelic language (there is about 6% Highland's people speak gaelic now). You should also come to Inverness's visitor centre, just next to the museum. They are very helpful. If you haven't known what to do in Inverness, go to them. You better ask them first if you want to, for example step on 'river ness's small island', cause sometimes it's closed.

Thank the3an
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Reviewed 5 February 2015

There aren't many attractions open at this time of year, the boat tours do not operate until March and even Inverness Castle was shut due to being used as a Court House, so it was a nice relief to find that the museum was open to visitors!

When I first entered the museum I was greeted with a very friendly member of staff who pointed out the main parts of the museum and the facilities. It was a very warm welcome. I found the whole experience of the museum very relaxing and stress-free. I felt that I could walk about at my own leisure and spend as long as I wanted there, I could take pictures if I wanted and signs encourage visitors to feel artefacts and get more hands-on.

The museum has a very rich wealth of information about Scottish, and particularly Highland, history, with fascinating artefacts. There is also a strong focus on the history of Inverness which added more enjoyment to my visit and gave me a greater appreciation of the city. I loved the costumes and especially the tartan wedding dress that has been in the same family for generations.

There was also an art room exhibiting the works of famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali which was an extra bonus.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed, friendly and hands-on experience of the museum and would recommend to anyone looking for a taste of Inverness and Highland culture.

Thank HelloLaur-E
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Reviewed 23 January 2015

The outside of this museum is appalling but inside it is well laid out. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The geology section and Pictish history were of particular interest. What we most enjoyed was the truly"interactive" exhibits. Building a vase in wood jigsaw style and playing games like 10 mans Morris was fun for all ages with small rubbings etc for younger ones. Looking through the microscopes was als good especially 'thr bees knees'! Only one thing was out of order. Well done.

The art exhibition is worth a look especially the Picasso and Dali and spot the tiny Turner of Inverness.

The tea in the cafe was beautifully served in vintage cups. No fizzy soft drinks available of the coke or similar varieties but wall to wall cakes and biscuits. Seems a bit silly. The soup looked very good but we didn't stay to eat because there wasn't anything the kids would drink other than water.

We spent a decent amount on the lovely quality gifts. A wider selection to support the museum would be good. We wanted to buy some of the games we tried out but the museum do not stock them. Missing a profitable trick there.

Overall a good 2-3 hrs but detect the hand of politically correct management interfering in what could be outstanding. Will be back!,

Thank Sue F
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Reviewed 22 January 2015

we went just before christmas during an art exhibition and the first major issue is that from a passing tourists point of view this place is not so easy to spot, you enter from the rear which at first glance seems like the service entrance road round the back of the restaurant/tourist info centre.
Once inside the building is well laid out with very pleasant staff and an excellent pictish exhibition and some interesting history of the highlands, also worth a stop is the lovely cafe on the ground floor that serves some delicious cakes and a decent coffee.

also this is yet another example of where the scots correctly differ from their penny pinching english neighbours.. ITS FREE

Thank JasonCfromInverness
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Reviewed 19 January 2015

With a lot of interesting aspects, from Nature to History to local Economy. Very thorough and well furnished. Good and clear explanations and panels.

Thank Alessandro G
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