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Event National Museum of Rural Life

Autumn Explorers

12 Oct - 15 Oct 2021
10:30 – 15:30

Free with museum admission

Book tickets

Become an Autumn Explorer this October half term with family storytelling, outdoor trails and ranger walks.

Learn about beavers, bats, bugs and some other animals that live in Scotland today, as well as animals that lived here in the past.

Please book your family’s place on a session in the Orientation Area on arrival.

Animal Tales

Animal tales with storyteller Allison.

Tue 12 & Wed 13 Oct

10:30, 12:00, 13:30 & 15:00 (30 min)

Limited places, sign up on the day

Join storyteller Allison for two engaging animal tales. Find out why wolves and bears disappeared from Britain, and how domestic dogs became our best friends. Then hear the story of a very busy beaver who helped to make new homes for other wild creatures here in Scotland. Suitable for children aged 2-8 and their adults.

Willow Wanders

 Meet Dan the Story Man.

Thu 14 & Fri 15 Oct  

10:30, 12:00, 13:30 & 15:00 (40 min)  

Limited places, sign up on the day

Join Dan the Story Man as he bends and twists his way around the many willow sculptures that have popped up all over the museum site. At each sculpture on this outdoor trail, Dan will regale you with tales of dashing hares, soaring buzzards and courageous pigs. Suitable for children aged 4-10 and their adults.

Ranger Walks

Tue 12–Fri 15 Oct

11:30 & 14:30 (45-60 min)

Limited places, sign up on the day

Join our countryside ranger to discover what wildlife lives on and around our farm. Get to know your roe deer signs, what the local bats are up to, how to identify different trees and much more. Suitable for children age 7+ and their adults. 

The ranger walk is outside, so remember your wellies!

Museum admission prices

Pay once and visit all year with the National Museum of Rural Life Annual Pass. Some events attract a small supplement.


Adult £9
Concessions £8*
Child £6 (under 5 free) 
Family of 4 £25 (2 adults and 2 children) 
National Museums Scotland Members free 
National Trust for Scotland Members free (additional charge for some events)


*60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.


Discounts available for group bookings and those travelling by bicycle.


Find out more about planning your visit.

Getting here

National Museum of Rural Life
East Kilbride
G76 9HR


Maps and directions


  • Adapted toilets are available, including baby changing and an adult changing bench.
  • There is an induction loop in the cinema
  • Paths leading to the farm buildings provide firm smooth surfaces for pushchairs and wheelchairs. However, the distance is approximately half a mile and in places, the path is relatively steep. Seating is provided at regular intervals. A tractor and trailer, the Farm Explorer, is provided for this purpose and is suitable for wheelchair users. This service is free of charge and runs regularly throughout the day.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

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