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The National Museum of Rural Life is now open

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The National Museum of Rural Life is open and tickets are available for online booking.

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Watch the video below to see what changes we've made to make your visit safe and enjoyable.

National Museum of Rural Life

Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR
Tel: 0300 123 6789


Advance online booking

Adult Annual Pass £9
Concession Annual Pass £8*
Child Annual Pass (5–15) £6 (under 5s free)
Family Annual Pass (2 adults and 2 children) £25

Find out more about the Annual Pass

  • *Concessions: 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people.
  • Carers of disabled people free.
  • National Museums Scotland Members free
  • National Trust for Scotland Members free
  • Discounts available for group bookings

Opening times

Museum open
Open daily, 10:00 - 17:00

Book online in advance

Please book a timed entry ticket online for every member of your group in advance of your visit. This includes National Museums Scotland Members, National Museum of Rural Life Annual Pass holders and National Trust for Scotland Members.

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Visiting safely

A range of safety measures are in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines such as enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens and hand sanitising stations.

From Monday 18 April, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings but we still strongly recommend that visitors wear them in our indoor spaces to help protect themselves and our staff.

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:

Please keep your distance from others. We recommend wearing face coverings in our indoor spaces.
Use the hand sanitiser provided. Please note card payments only.
Wash your hands often.    

Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

Seasonal activities

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Play park and picnic area

Test your skills in our ever-popular play park, including a new musical arbour, basket swing and magnifying posts to help you get closer to nature.

With picnic tables and plenty of wide-open space, our play and picnic area is the perfect place to take a break during your visit.

Top activities to try with kids
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Willow Sculpture Trail

Inspired by the wildlife often spotted around the museum site and the animal residents at our farm, willow artist Anna Cross has created a beautiful collection of willow sculptures for you to discover as you explore outdoors.

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Support us

As a charity, we rely on your donations to care for our animals and our special landscape. Please donate today to support our work.

Thank you.

Donate today
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Plan a schools visit

You can book to visit the museum free of charge with your pupils. The farm, agriculture, traditional farming, food chains, rural life and Scottish History – whatever your topic, come on a visit to find out more.

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Museum map

Plan your visit to the National Museum of Rural Life with our map to view online or print at home.

Museum map


We take pride in maintaining the highest standards to make your visit as rewarding as possible.

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Café notice

Due to essential maintenance on Monday 23 May, the café will only be serving soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee, cakes and refreshments.