North Coast Visitor Centre

A first-class, interactive museum detailing the archaeological, historical, cultural and natural history of Thurso and Caithness.

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  • Parking is available in front of the museum


  • Fitness Level 1: Very Easy
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Pram Accessible

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Experience 5,000 years of history at The North Coast Visitor Centre - newly re-opened in 2021!

Located in the heart of Thurso, The North Coast Visitor Centre contains several floors and numerous exhibits which will guide you through the story of Caithness: from a sterling Pictish stones display, to a wonderfully retro control station for Dounreay (which looks like it has been taken straight out of a James Bond villain's lair!).

You'll learn about local 'worthies' from Thurso, hearing voices from the past in the distinct 'Thirsa' accent; ogle pretty plant samples collected by Robert Dick, and marvel at ancient objects - including a Viking burial.

The museum makes for a very pleasant diversion, and will help you to understand the dynamic and fascinating historical character of the area.

The visitor centre also has a cafe with toilets and baby-changing facilities, and is wheelchair-accessible.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The museum's mascot is a penguin called Peter - originally mistakenly labelled as a puffin!

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