Glenesk Folk Museum

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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

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Hearth & Home

  • 13 May 2016 From 9pm

Gather round for this cosy, social evening celebrating the music that bound communities together in days gone by. We've got cool drinks and hot stovies, so we just need a band of warm 'Glenners' bodies to make this gathering a night to remember. With Glenesk's own Georgina on fiddle and the stunning strumming of Debbie on Clarsach, we have all the talent we need to bring the fine tunes from our museum archive alive. The Retreat piano keys will also get an airing with pieces from Greta Michie's private music collection. And to entertain on a more thespian note, the children of Tarfside school will present their ideas of life as a Victorian glen child. An unforgettable evening, with something for everyone - just the way we like it!


£7 inc. Stovies
Unders 12's £2


Glenesk Folk Museum
The Retreat

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Retreat Manager

01356 648070

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