Find out everything you need to know about visiting the National Museum of Rural Life.
Following the latest Scottish Government guidelines, the National Museum of Rural Life will close from 17.00 on 24 December.Visiting FAQs
Tel: 0300 123 6789
Pay once and visit all year with the Annual Pass
Child (5–15) £6 (under 5s free)
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £25
The museum is now closed until further notice
Timed entry has been introduced to ensure that we can manage numbers and maintain physical distancing. 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.
A range of new safety measures have been put 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 (2m).||Follow the directional signage.|
|Use the hand sanitiser provided.||Please note card payments only.|
|Wash your hands often.||Face coverings must be worn by visitors over 5 years old.|
Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.
As we begin to welcome visitors back to the museum, the reopening of the site will be phased, with some parts of the museum building and farm opening first.
Some interactive displays and high-touch areas are temporarily closed for your safety, including the Garden Detectives gallery in the museum building, and the farmhouse at our working farm. We are asking visitors not to pet the animals at the farm, including our farm cats.
The Farm Explorer tractor-trailer isn’t running, so don’t forget to bring your wellies for the walk to the farm!
Shielings Café is open, accepting card payments only.
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.
Our picnic area is open with hand sanitiser nearby. Please note that the play area is temporarily closed due to damage from recent adverse weather.
Families and children of all ages are welcome at the National Museum of Rural Life.
We are unfortunately unable to accommodate school and large group visits. Small groups of up to six people are able to visit the museum by booking timed entry tickets in advance and arriving for entry at the same time.
For the safety of our visitors and staff, no birthday parties will be offered during this period.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Toilets are available. There are accessible toilets with an adult changing bench.
Baby changing facilities and a breastfeeding room are available.
The museum is accessible via lifts and ramps. See our Accessibility page for more information.
Open daily from 10:00–17:00, accepting card payments only.
Our picnic area is open. The play area is temporarily closed.
Our information and ticket desk is at the entrance to our museum on the first floor.
Free parking available. There are 12 designated Blue Badge parking bays within the car park.
Assistance dogs are welcome in museum buildings and in public areas outdoors on a lead.
Dogs are welcome outdoors, but must be on a lead. They are not allowed in the museum buildings.
Please note the Farm Explorer is currently not available.
The museum shop sells a range of rural-themed gifts and books. Please note we are accepting card payments only.
Please note we are accepting card payments only.
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
Our new family trail is full of top tips, object highlights and activities to help you make the most of your visit.
Join Clyde the horse on a journey around the museum galleries before taking on our super spotter challenge as you explore the great outdoors.
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
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.
Free parking is available, with four designated spaces for disabled visitors. There are signposts for the museum before you reach East Kilbride.
Enjoy a meal in our award-winning Shielings Café, which offers home baking, hot and cold dishes, children’s meals and freshly brewed teas and coffees. Please note we are currently accepting card payments only.
As a charity, we rely on your donations to care for our animals and our special landscape. Please donate today to support our work.