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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!

Museum reopening

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

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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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News from the farm

Life in lockdown continues behind the scenes on the Wester Kittochside farm and it has been a very busy 2021 already with new arrivals, stable moves and lots of snow.

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In the museum

Learn about the land, people and ways of working that have shaped Scotland’s rural history, and discover Scotland’s largest collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery.

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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

Map

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

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Museum reopening

Our museums are now open and tickets are available to book. We can't wait to welcome you back.

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