Clan Macpherson Museum - Heart of Jacobite Country

A story of High Resolve, Patriotism, Loyalty and the Jacobite Cause

Newtonmore's Macpherson Museum to remain closed throughout 2020 season

Trustees of Newtonmore's Clan Macpherson Museum have agreed to keep the Museum closed throughout the 2020 season. The decision came after a virtual meeting on Saturday afternoon during which an extensive Covid-19 Risk Analysis and Policy was presented and approved.

Trust Convenor, Angus Macpherson, said: “Our primary concern has always been to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors to the Museum and with this in mind considerable work was put into developing a Covid-19 Risk Analysis and Policy. During our meeting, the Trustees indicated their total confidence in the policy but felt, on balance, that given the exceptional nature of this now-curtailed season and our exciting plans for the future it would be preferable not to open the Museum this year.

Over the coming years, the Museum will be going through a number major exercises that will see the Museum refurbished internally and externally, starting with the roof this winter. The Macphersoniana project launched earlier this year will also be further developed to create a digital exhibition of Macpherson-related personal objects and their stories to complement the permanent and temporary exhibitions in our Museum space. Designed to capture stories of what it means to be a Macpherson through these objects, 'Macphersoniana' will also connect 'cousins' from around the globe through their shared heritage.

The Museum has an exciting future ahead of it but in the meantime, our thoughts are with front-line workers who are involved in the Covid-19 response and those affected by the virus in some way. We urge them to keep safe and well at this time and will look forward to opening our doors to local and international visitors from across the world in spring 2021.

If you can, please help our Museum get through the rest of this year without any visitor income. Please donate here.

Macpherson Clan Crest

Discover the romance, loyalty and valour of one of the last of the Jacobites: Cluny of the '45 who was hunted for 9 years after Culloden. He hid in caves and he held the horse for the officer who was searching for him!

The fiddle of James Macpherson

Witness the story behind Macpherson's Lament and the broken fiddle: dramatic tales of a 'Robin Hood-like' character celebrated in song whose life was ended by changing the time on a clock.

Portrait of James 'Ossian' Macpherson

Believe it or believe it not! You decide about the story behind the creator of the romantic Highlands, James 'Ossian' Macpherson.

Letter from Dundee to Cluny

See the letter written on 26th July 1689 from Viscount Dundee to Macpherson of Cluny calling for his support in the Jacobite cause.

There is much, much more to see. Hear about the famous men and women of the Clan who have changed the face of the world: in science, the military, the arts and sport. See the weapons used in days gone-by. Read about mutinies and see the chanter sent down from the heavens.

We are proud to be a Scottish Tourist Board Four Star Museum, have a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, be Assisted Wheelchair Access Registered and an Accredited Museum

Wheelchair Access

Opening Hours: 1 April - 31 October 10 am - 5 pm (Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm)

Entry is FREE

however, it costs about £3 per person to keep the Museum open, so a donation "in the box" would be appreciated.