Things to see and do

Explore life in the countryside at our five-star museum and historic working farm.

There's so much to see and do at the National Museum of Rural Life. Spend a day in the countryside, uncover Scotland's unique rural history and meet the animals on the farm!

Temporary museum closure

Following updated Scottish Government guidelines, the National Museum of Rural Life will be closed from 21 November until 11 December inclusive.

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New family trail

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.

View the family trail
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Explore the countryside

Just a short walk from the museum is our working farm. The walk takes about ten minutes on paths overlooking fields and hedgerows. Please follow the signposted one-way route to and from the farm. The Farm Explorer tractor-trailer ride to the farm is temporarily unavailable.

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Meet the animals

Our working farm is home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses. With each season there is something new to see, from newborn animals to harvesting. Please wash your hands often when visiting the farm and use the hand sanitiser provided. Please do not pet or feed the animals, including our farm cats.

News from the farm
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The Hive

Learn all about the importance of pollinators in our bee area and find out more about the Museum's very own working beehive.

All about the hive


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

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Temporary museum closure

The National Museum of Rural Life will be closed between Saturday 21 November and Friday 11 December inclusive.