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Oban's War & Peace Museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs depicting the rich cultural history of the busy port town and its people. You can find out about the fishing and maritime industries, the railways, road transport, and the strategic role played by Oban during the war years when the town was home to Australian, Canadian and US aircrew and RAF Flying Boats operated from the bay. The involvement of local men and women in WWII is also recalled as are the other Services who operated in the area at that time. Local sports such as Shinty are featured and displays tell the story of the first transatlantic telephone cable link, the operations of the Northern Lighthouse Board, our local emergency services, the construction of McCaig's Tower and the history of the museum itself. There is so much more to see at the museum and we hope you will come and visit us soon to find out about Oban's heritage.

Oban War & Peace Museum is an independent organisation run by a committed and long serving group of volunteers. The main display area is manned by a team of volunteer Watchkeepers whose enthusiasm allows the museum to open to the public every day from March to November.
Its origins lie in an exhibition, 'Oban at War', mounted in 1995 as part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the ending of World War II. So many contributions of memorabilia and photographs were donated by the local people that the exhibition became permanent and in 1996 was renamed 'Oban War & Peace Museum'.
In the ensuing years the museum occupied various rented premises until in March 2004 it was able to acquire its own home by purchasing the ground floor of the Old Oban Times Building on Corran Esplanade. Following a major refurbishment project the museum opened its doors to the public in March 2006 in much larger and permanent surroundings.
This marked a turning point for the museum, allowing many more items from its collection to be displayed and enabling work on documenting and archiving its collection to progress. It is hoped that this work will result in achieving the standards necessary for Accreditation by Museums Galleries Scotland in 2009/10.

War and Peace Museum
Entrance to Museum

Admission is Free - but donations are always welcomed

Opening Times
March - April, October - November 10.00 to 16.00 hrs daily including Sunday
May, June, July, August, September 10.00 to 18.00 hrs Monday to Saturday
10.00 to 16.00 hrs Sunday
July, August, September19.00 to 21.00 hrs Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday only

How to find us
The museum is located on the Esplanade next to the Regent Hotel and adjacent to North Pier.

Parking and other facilities
Paid parking is available on the road outside the museum and in the adjacent North Pier Car Park.
Public Toilets are available on North Pier.

Disabled Facilities
The museum is suitable for wheelchair access and is on one level.
A Disabled Toilet is available for use by disabled visitors only


Interior of MuseumExterior of Museum


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