Festival of Museums at Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Festival of Museums at Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery

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Festival of Museums is Scotland’s three day Museum festival which consists of over 150 events taking place up and down the country.  It’s safe to say that the Caithness Horizons celebration will be one of the most northerly on Scotland’s mainland.  

On Saturday 19th May, we'll throw open the doors to the Museum completely FREE of charge for one day only.  We can't wait to welcome visitors and local people of Caithness to enjoy our displays. 

The Museum team of staff and volunteers will offer guided tours and craft activities inspired by the Museum displays.  Pictish Stone rubbings as well as Pictish inspired pebble painting will take place on the ground floor as well as a display of tablet weaving by Debbie Prentice who is looking forward to showing this ancient method of creativity.  Team members will assist visitors to take part in a large scale ancient Viking board game, Hnefatafl, a game of strategy not dissimilar to chess.  For those who get the bug for the game, tabletop versions are available in our gift shop!

With the current craze of pebble painting at such height, we’re looking forward to creating some fabulous designs by using the Pictish symbols as our inspiration.  Once the pebbles are dry, their creators will be encouraged to hide them within the community for others to find and relocate joining in the current town wide pebble treasure hunt coordinated by volunteer group Thurso Rocks.  

In the Main exhibition hall, families will enjoy the exhibition displays as well as the fabulous Flow Country wildlife dress up costumes, jigsaws interactive game and films. 

The Museum cafe will be baking up their usual assortment of treats and savoury delights and are currently running a promotion where customers can enjoy a free piece of their homemade, dairy free shortbread with any purchase of a hot drink.  The promotion is celebrating the launch of the cafe’s new menu

 Image by Museum friend, George Mackay ( eejits )

Image by Museum friend, George Mackay (eejits)

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Festival of Museums with Mary Ann's Cottage
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

Festival of Museums with Mary Ann's Cottage

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On Friday 18th May, volunteers from Mary Ann’s Cottage will be pride of place within our Museum bringing a little bit of the fascinating Dunnet cottage into Thurso.  The volunteers will engage with visitors and tell the story of Mary Ann.  The cottage has opened to the public a month earlier than previous years to accommodate rising demand for their extraordinary display-make sure you pay them a visit next time you're exploring Caithness!

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