A first-class, interactive museum detailing the archaeological, historical, cultural and natural history of Thurso and Caithness.
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.
The museum's mascot is a penguin called Peter - originally mistakenly labelled as a puffin!