Things to see and do

Explore life in the countryside at our five-star museum and historic working farm.

There's so much to see and do at the National Museum of Rural Life. Spend a day in the countryside, uncover Scotland's unique rural history and meet the animals on the farm!

Your adventure starts here!

Don't know where to begin? Check out our top 10 things to see and do at the museum and farm.

Top 10 things to see and do
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In the museum

Learn about the land, people and ways of working that have shaped Scotland’s rural history, and discover Scotland’s largest collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery.

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Explore the countryside

Just a short walk or ride from the museum is our working farm. The walk takes about ten minutes, with paths overlooking fields and hedgerows. Our Farm Explorer tractor-trailer runs regularly from the museum.

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Meet the animals

Our working farm is home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses. With each season there is something new to see, from new born lambs to fresh harvesting.

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Visit the farmhouse

Visit the Georgian farmhouse where Lanarkshire’s Reid family lived for ten generations. See rooms as they would have been in the 1950s and explore the bothy, outbuildings and kitchen garden.

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Garden Detectives

Take a close-up look at plants, learn fun facts about nature and experience some sounds and smells from a real garden. Take home new skills and investigate your own garden with the eyes of a garden detective.

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The Hive

Learn all about the importance of pollinators in our bee area. Dress-up as a beekeeper, try some 'waggle dancing' or brush up with some bee books.

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Visiting with children?

Your farming adventure starts here! Check out our suggestions for family fun.

Top 10 activities to try with kids
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