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Museum Opening Times

Summer Opening Hours (April to October)
Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

Winter Opening Hours (November to March)
Tuesday – Thursday: 11.00 – 15.00
Friday & Saturday: 11.00 – 16.00
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

Please get in touch for Café North opening times.

Accessibility and Visitor Information


There are no admission fees, however, we encourage donations to help us improve and grow – Gift Aid forms are available for UK visitors.


North Coast Visitor Centre is spread across four floors. There is a passenger lift available for visitors to access all exhibition and gallery spaces, and the café. All public areas are wheelchair accessible.


North Coast Visitor Centre does not have a private parking bay, however at the entrance there is a public parking bay available to visitors on a first come first served basis. This includes disabled parking spaces. There is no time restriction on these spaces.

There are other car-parks available within walking distance, such as the Co-op Car Park and the main street, however these do have a time restriction.

From the Thurso Railway Station (1 mile, 10 minute walk)

Exit from the main entrance onto Princes Street. Walk past Miller Academy on your right and continue down until you reach the Bank of Scotland right at the end of the street. Cross at the pedestrian crossing and walk down Rotterdam Street. Here you should see Buttress’s Clothing Shop on your left. The entrance will be visible from here. Continue on – North Coast Visitor Centre is situated on the right hand-side.

For information about public transport services in Scotland please consult


Assistance/ service dogs are welcome at North Coast Visitor Centre, however, due to collections care policies and because food is prepared on site, we are sadly unable to admit family pets.


North Coast Visitor Centre, High Street, Thurso, KW14 8AJ

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The North Coast Visitor Centre is jointly funded by The Highland Council and NRS Dounreay.




Visiting the Scottish Highlands?
Why not visit the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in Inverness, or the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore?