National Museum of Rural Life Scotland

Family walking towards the National Museum of Rural Life
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Escape to the countryside for a full day of family fun at our five-star museum and historic working farm. Tour our period farmhouse for a sense of what living on a farm was really like more than 50 years ago, and discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland’s countryside in our museum.
With each season there’s always something fresh to see, from newborn lambs and calves to harvesting and haymaking. You’ll also find plenty of life down on our farm: Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, Ayrshire cows, Blackface sheep, Clydesdale horses and White Leghorn and Black Rock hens.

Venue Type:

Museum, Agricultural site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Daily 10.00 - 17.00

Closed: 25, 26 December and 1 January

Admission charges

Adults: £6.50
Concessions: £5.50
Child: £3
Child under 5: Free
National Museums Scotland members and The National Trust for Scotland members: Free
There may be an extra charge for some special events.

Collection details


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Woolly Weekend

Woolly Weekend

  • 11 — 12 June 2016 10am-5pm

Watch our sheep shearer at work on the farm and learn about what their fleeces are used for when you meet our spinners and knitters. Say hello to our friendly alpacas and listen to Emily Mackenzie read her new book Stanley the Knitting Cat.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free with museum admission


Close up of two horses.

Heavy Horse Show

  • 17 July 2016 10am-5pm

Join us for one of Scotland’s biggest heavy horse shows. Take to the fields to watch more than 150 horses compete in a range of events including ʻClydesdale Riddenʼ and Turnoutʼ (riding with carriages). The family fun continues with pony rides on the farm and craft workshops in the museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • Any age


Cost includes museum admission: Adult £10/£9, child £6 (under 5s free), family (2 adults, 2 children) £27. National Museums Scotland Members free.

Concession entry for National Trust for Scotland Members: Adult £9, Child £5.50

For more information and booking, visit


National Museum of Rural Life Scotland
Wester Kittochside
Philipshill Road
East Kilbride
G76 9HR




0300 123 6789

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.