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Oban War and Peace Museum, 2009
Oban War and Peace Museum

Oban War and Peace Museum is located in the town of Oban, in the old Oban Times building on the Curran Esplanade.

The museum hosts an interesting collection of local memorabilia and photographs covering many aspects of life in the area of Oban and Lorn through the years, and includes information relating to the the strategic role played by the area during World War II, when RAF Oban, a flying boat base, was located at the north end of Kerrera island, in Ardantrive Bay, and operated in conjunction with the Flying Boat Maintenance Unit at Ganavan, located to the north east. The base lay just over half a mile west of Oban town, across Oban Bay.

The museum is completely independent and is manned entirely by a willing team of volunteer Watchkeepers who between them can recall a great many stories about the town, including old Oban, the ferries, the fishing and maritime industries, the railway and local sport. It houses is a fine collection of military badges, and probably the largest flying boat model in Scotland.


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Oban War and Peace Museum was created following a highly successful exhibition, Oban At War, which was held in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The exhibition attracted so many contributions from the public, in the form of photographs, memorabilia, and artefacts, it was decided there was sufficient material to support the creation of a permanent feature. The aim of the museum is to advance the education of present and future generations by collecting, maintaining, conserving and exhibiting items of historical and cultural interest relating to the Oban area in peace time and during the war years.

In 1996, Oban War and Peace Museum opened in the Old Waiting Room on the North Pier, however this was demolished in 2002, and in 2006 the museum moved into its own premises in the old Oban Times building.

The museum and its collections continue to grow, and it is continues to be run on a daily basis by its volunteer staff, the Watchkeepers, who deal with its many visitors and enquiries received from all over the world.

Visits from schools are encouraged when pupils can meet with volunteer staff who remember the war and are happy to share memories and knowledge.

Opening hours

  • March, April, October, November - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily including Sundays
  • May, June, July, August, September - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Saturday, Sundays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • July, August, September - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm subject to volunteer availability

Admission to the museum is free.

Parking and disabled access

There is on-street parking on the other side of the road and a pay and display car park almost directly opposite. The Oban War and Peace Museum is suitable for wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.

Contact details

Oban War and Peace Museum
Old Oban Times Building
Corran Esplanade
Argyll PA34 5PX

Telephone: 01631 570007

email: [email protected]

Images and logos courtesy and © Oban War and Peace Museum.

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