Glenesk Folk Museum

Glenesk Folk Museum
The Retreat




Retreat Manager

01356 648070

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The Glenesk Folk Museum at the Retreat was set up in 1955 by Miss Greta Michie, a local farmer's daughter and school teacher, based on Scandinavian folk museums she had visited in Norway. The Retreat houses an extremely large collection of artefacts, some of which are now on display in the museum.

In 2004 a community purchase and subsequent major refurbishment of circa £800,000 took place.

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Opening hours

3 April-19 March
Sat-Mon 1200-1800
20 March-15 October
Daily 1200-1800

Closed: November-March

Admission charges

Adults £2.00
Children £0.50
Glenesk Trust Memebrs Free

Collection details

Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Coins and Medals, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Hearth and Home

  • 17 May 2014 7:30-9:45pm

Gather round and make yourselves comfortable for this wonderfully cosy and entertaining evening! With a drink from the bar and some warming stovies, we'll be sharing the evocative music and poetry traditionally enjoyed around the glowing hearth of every home, carefully picked from our amazing archive. The Tarfside Merrymakers are long gone but their tunes and many others will be brought back to life by our talented young musicians. And woven into a our delightful programme, age-old poetry from the Glenesk hills will be recited alongside words and music from contemporary glenners. If the weather is fair, our musicians and poets will harness the spirit of the pied piper and lead you into the atmospheric night air for part of their performance.


£7 including stovies. Under 12s £2