Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This museum combines fine art with historical and natural artifacts to give visitors a more complete picture of Inverness's complex history.
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  • MissC
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small museum packed with interesting artefacts & art
    We had an enjoyable time exploring the museum. There were lots of interactive aspects such as use of a microscope to look at squirrel teeth, shells and feathers, and wooden puzzles which my son enjoyed. It was interesting to see the world war memorabilia and also the stone carvings. The art gallery had interesting examples from a range of Scottish artists. I particularly enjoyed the amateur art pieces from the classes held at the museum. It was perfect for a rainy day in Inverness. There is also a cafe and gift shop. We were happy with the recommendation to visit.
    We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your positive experience. Safe travels!
    Written September 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • caroline2
    Paris, France451 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place not to be missed!!!
    A place no to be missed!!! This museum is very well designed and the explanations are useful to better understand the Highlands. Children haven't been forgotten in this museum as there are some activities for them as well. The staff is very friendly and ready to answer any additional question one might have. There is a cafe and a shop inside. Entrance is free, donations are welcomed.
    Our team work extremely hard to make our visitors feel welcome during their time with us, so they will be delighted with your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your positive experience.
    Written September 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 28, 2023
  • monica f
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit and tastes for everyone
    We live in Inverness and have visited the museum in the past and as the grandchildren was staying we though we would take them along. It was so good. It had me staying well over two hours. The artefacts were beautiful with their histories, it had me enthralled. It’s well worth the visit and there was a wee “find the hidden highland cows” for the kids. They loved it and want to go back tomorrow. Lovely wee cafe to suit everyone’s tastes and a wee gift shop to boot. We’ll definitely be back
    Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We’re delighted you enjoyed your visit to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and look forward to seeing you again! We'll pass on your kind words to our Front of House and Cafe teams...:)
    Written September 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • JDevice
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but...
    Lovely welcome from the lady at the entrance, and a very informative museum. I wanted specifically to see the gallery exhibition of female photographers and that was very good. I would put the upstairs part of the museum downstairs, because it was more recent history and looked more interesting than the geological prehistory downstairs - but I imagine a lot of people do what we did and automatically start downstairs and run out of steam before they get upstairs. The most annoying part of our visit was not being able to properly look at the amazing hand drawn and beautiful map of Inverness displayed in the cafe because a member of staff was sitting on her laptop in front of it! She could have sat anywhere in the cafe but did not budge, even though we were obviously trying to look at the intricate map. Very weird of her, and rude.
    We're so glad that you found your welcome to the museum warm, and that your visit was informative. We take on board your comments about access to the map in the cafe and we will bear this in mind for future. Apologies for the disappointment.
    Written October 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Margaret W
    203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    We initially only chose to visit the Museum & Art Gallery to escape the rain! However, we found the collections varied and interesting. Plenty to keep us occupied for well over 2 hours. We enjoyed having a coffee and scone in the cafe too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Gordon W
    United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    Small but perfectly formed! Popped in during one of my many visits, as it's a place I had always meant to see. And I wasn't disappointed. Might not be the biggest museum you'll ever see, but the staff were very enthusiastic, and the exhibits painted a very interesting picture of local history over the millennia. Speaking of paintings, they also feature a lot of work by local artists. A return visit is planned.
    We're so pleased you popped in past and found loads of interest to you. Thank you for leaving us such a great review, and we'll look forward to welcoming you again...
    Written April 2, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 16, 2024
  • Adam S
    Ellon, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    Really interesting museum with so much to see. Great for all ages. Museum well laid out with many different time period sections. Nice cafe and gift shop. The staff were all really welcoming and friendly.
    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a 5* review! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit.
    Written May 1, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2024
  • carey-anne s
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little place
    We were met at the door by a lovely woman asking us if we needed to leave our bags (we did, they were heavy!) and she immediately gave us all the info we needed about what was where. It’s not a huge museum but it’s well laid out and has some really interesting stuff. Good puzzles for kids. Everyone we spoke to was a delight. Well worth a donation.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 2, 2024
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Barton Seagrave, UK506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Wow, what a pleasant surprise this museum and art gallery was. I have visited many a similar place and can honest say, the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is up there with my very few favourites. Right from the start, the museum feels an air of quality in what it offers in terms of knowledge. My children were not with me on this trip but rest assured, if they were all of them would have taken something away from this visit.

And, what's more, it's free to enter. It's on two levels (with a lift if need be) and fully accessible by all. The cafe inside was great too and a nice place to sit and relax. I would also recommend a good two hour if not more allowance on time to see the amazing exhibits...nothing fake here, it's a true museum in every sense of the word :)

More than thoroughly recommended if visiting Inverness.
Written October 18, 2021
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APB3004
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
visited this museum by chance as we had a couple of hours to spare and so glad we did. The museum is well laid out across two floors with the first floor displaying artwork and photographs taken by local artists. The ground floor consisted of interesting geological displays of how Scotland was formed millions of years ago. The displays then progress to the history of human habitation and also the local wildlife past and present. An excellent museum.
Written October 1, 2021
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JDevice
Yorkshire, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lovely welcome from the lady at the entrance, and a very informative museum. I wanted specifically to see the gallery exhibition of female photographers and that was very good. I would put the upstairs part of the museum downstairs, because it was more recent history and looked more interesting than the geological prehistory downstairs - but I imagine a lot of people do what we did and automatically start downstairs and run out of steam before they get upstairs.

The most annoying part of our visit was not being able to properly look at the amazing hand drawn and beautiful map of Inverness displayed in the cafe because a member of staff was sitting on her laptop in front of it! She could have sat anywhere in the cafe but did not budge, even though we were obviously trying to look at the intricate map. Very weird of her, and rude.
Written September 29, 2023
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We're so glad that you found your welcome to the museum warm, and that your visit was informative. We take on board your comments about access to the map in the cafe and we will bear this in mind for future. Apologies for the disappointment.
Written October 11, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MoMo
Alvarado, TX6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
It’s worth the effort to find this thoughtful museum. It’s up 2 sets of stairs above Church St. We really liked the fish fossils, history and then the art upstairs. It was especially fun to see the excitement of kids. There’s little toy surprises for the youngest ones in the display cases to engage them while the parents read the info and some hands-on microscopes that work and puzzles, too. When the sweet child kissed the stuffed otter and giggled, I was smitten.
Written August 20, 2022
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We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your positive experience, and we're delighted that the children had fun!
Written September 6, 2022
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JoBloggs57
Scunthorpe, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Spent about a couple of hours looking around the musuem. It was well organised and full of interesting information about the local history and Scottish history as well as exhibits. Couldn't believe it was free! Well worth leaving a donation!
Written May 16, 2022
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SandraDoogan
Whipsnade, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
During our visit to "The capital of the Highlands" we couldn't leave without visiting the Inverness Museum.

The location is very central and the museum itself is very informative about Scottish history, the local wildlife and the characters that have made Scotland what it is today.

Would definitely recommend
Written September 18, 2022
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alanaway2016
Evesham, UK254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Spent well over two hours in the museum, covering all ages from prehistoric to modern day. Very interesting sections on Jacobite rebellion and the silver trade. Free entry although donations welcome. The art gallery was bit modern for my taste.
Written September 24, 2020
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Marco2311
Glasgow, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This was a great way to spend 2 hours.
I especially liked the geology and early aspects of the local history; I like rocks and dinosaurs (!), local wildlife and the history up to about the introduction of Christianity, whereas my wife is more into later history e.g. Jacobites and beyond, so there’s plenty for everyone, regardless of age. There was a Primary school party in simultaneously and they were having a ball.
Written September 30, 2022
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monica f
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We live in Inverness and have visited the museum in the past and as the grandchildren was staying we though we would take them along. It was so good. It had me staying well over two hours. The artefacts were beautiful with their histories, it had me enthralled. It’s well worth the visit and there was a wee “find the hidden highland cows” for the kids. They loved it and want to go back tomorrow. Lovely wee cafe to suit everyone’s tastes and a wee gift shop to boot. We’ll definitely be back
Written August 30, 2023
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Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We’re delighted you enjoyed your visit to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and look forward to seeing you again! We'll pass on your kind words to our Front of House and Cafe teams...:)
Written September 7, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MissC
Stoke-on-Trent, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We had an enjoyable time exploring the museum. There were lots of interactive aspects such as use of a microscope to look at squirrel teeth, shells and feathers, and wooden puzzles which my son enjoyed.
It was interesting to see the world war memorabilia and also the stone carvings. The art gallery had interesting examples from a range of Scottish artists. I particularly enjoyed the amateur art pieces from the classes held at the museum. It was perfect for a rainy day in Inverness. There is also a cafe and gift shop. We were happy with the recommendation to visit.
Written August 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We’re so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your positive experience. Safe travels!
Written September 7, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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