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Find out everything you need to know about visiting the National Museum of Rural Life.

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National Museum of Rural Life

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

Admission

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

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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.

This includes pre-booked timed entry, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand sanitising stations and one-way routes in certain areas of the museum where physical distancing is not possible.

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

Please keep your distance from others. Face coverings must be worn by visitors aged 12 and over.
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.

Information for your visit

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn by visitors aged 12 and over in our indoor spaces and shops.

What's open?

We have developed a new museum map to show which parts of the site are open and what can be enjoyed during your visit.

Garden Detectives gallery in the museum building and the Farmhouse are now open! We ask that visitors do not pet the animals at the farm, including our farm cats.

The Farm Explorer tractor-trailer is now running, so don't forget to book your seats at the Info Desk!

Food and drink

Shielings Café is open, serving a full sit-in menu and takeaway options.

National Museums Scotland Members receive a 20% discount in the café.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic to eat in our outdoor play and picnic area. Please dispose of your rubbish responsibly in the bins provided. Barbecues and gas stoves are not permitted.

Museum shop

The museum shop is open, accepting card payments only. In line with Scottish Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn in our shops.

National Museums Scotland Members receive a 10% discount on all shop purchases.

Outdoor play and picnic area

Our outdoor play and picnic area is open with new equipment to enjoy. There are picnic tables and hand sanitiser nearby.

Visiting with children

Families and children of all ages are welcome at the National Museum of Rural Life.

  • Trained first aiders are always on duty and a policy is in place if children become separated from their party.
  • Baby changing facilities and a breastfeeding room are available.
  • Children are welcome in Shielings Café, where you’ll find a children's menu, high chairs and a facility for warming baby bottles.
  • There is an outdoor picnic and play area.
  • Please note we are currently unable to store buggies and pushchairs, and the lockers are temporarily unavailable.
  • The Farm Explorer tractor-trailer is now running, so don't forget to book your seats at the Info Desk!

School and group visits

We are unfortunately unable to accommodate school visits at this time. You can book up to 10 tickets by booking free timed entry tickets in advance and arriving for entry at the same time.

Birthday parties

For the safety of our visitors and staff, no birthday parties will be offered during this period.

Visiting with dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in the museum buildings and on the outdoor site.

Non-assistance dogs are welcome outdoors, but must be on a lead. They are not allowed in the museum buildings.

Read the outdoor access code for dog walking.

Photography

We are happy for you to take photographs, including flash photography, in the galleries and the outdoor site.

No prior permission is needed for photography intended for personal use. However, anyone wishing to use additional photography equipment (eg a tripod) should contact the information desk to obtain a photo pass.

All photographers wishing to take photographs for commercial use are asked to contact Maggie Wilson at the Picture Library on 0131 247 4026 or at m.wilson@nms.ac.uk.

Security

We want all our visitors and staff to be safe at the National Museum of Rural Life. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of our Visitor Experience team. You can also help us keep the museum safe by reporting anything that looks out of place or suspicious to our Visitor Experience Assistants.

Facilities

  • Toilets

    Toilets are available. There are accessible toilets with an adult changing bench.

  • Baby changing

    Baby changing facilities and a breastfeeding room are available.

  • Access

    The museum is accessible via lifts and ramps. See our Accessibility page for more information.

  • Café

    Open daily from 10:00–17:00, accepting card payments only.

  • Picnic area

    Our outdoor play and picnic area is open.

  • Information

    Our information and ticket desk is at the entrance to our museum on the first floor.

  • Parking

    Free parking available. There are 12 designated Blue Badge parking bays within the car park.

  • Assistance dogs

    Assistance dogs are welcome in museum buildings and in public areas outdoors on a lead.

  • Dogs

    Dogs are welcome outdoors, but must be on a lead. They are not allowed in the museum buildings.

  • Farm Explorer

    Book your seats for the Farm Explorer at the Info Desk.

  • Shop

    The museum shop sells a range of rural-themed gifts and books. Please note we are accepting card payments only.

  • Contactless payment

    Please note we are accepting card payments only.

Museum map

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

View and download the map
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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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Accessibility

We want everyone who comes to the National Museum of Rural Life to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. We've compiled all our accessibility information in one place.

Accessibility

How to get here

By bus

The museum is 200m from the bus stop on Stewartfield Way.

 

The First Glasgow 31 service runs between Glasgow to Carmunnock. The JMB Travel 31b service runs from Carmunnock to East Kilbride.

 

Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

By train

There are three train stations within a few miles of the museum: East Kilbride, Hairmyres and Thorntonhall

 

Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

By bike

It is about a 20-minute cycle from the centre of East Kilbride and there is a secure cycle rack available to park your bike.

 

10% bicycle discount: The National Museum of Rural Life is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and supports sustainable tourism. On presentation of your cycle helmet at the ticket desk receive a 10% discount on one adult, concession or child admission. For validity on Family tickets, all family members must have travelled by bicycle. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and not valid during special events.

 

Get directions from Google Maps.

By car

Free parking is available, with four designated spaces for disabled visitors. There are signposts for the museum before you reach East Kilbride.

 

  • From Glasgow take the A727 to East Kilbride.
  • From Edinburgh follow the M8 to Glasgow, turn off at Junction 7A on the A725 to East Kilbride.
  • Satnav: Use postcode G79 1AA in your Satnav. This will take you to the Centre 1 Tax Office, which is five minutes' drive from the museum.

Plan your journey with the Traveline website or get directions from Google Maps.

 

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Shielings Café

Enjoy a meal in our award-winning Shielings Café, which offers home baking, hot and cold dishes, children’s meals, freshly brewed teas and coffees and takeaway options.

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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.

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