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Sow the seeds of curiosity with a family visit to our museum and historic working farm.

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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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Play park and picnic area 

Our ever-popular play park has returned this summer with 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.

Get the wind in your hair with a ride on the basket swing © Neil Hanna

The new play park equipment is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Spot the scarecrow

Our scarecrow frightens birds away so they don't eat the seeds and plants in the farm's kitchen garden which is just down from the farmhouse. Look out for the scarecrow on a your visit and see what's growing in the garden.

Take a walk in the kitchen garden by the farmhouse.

Watch out for wildlife

As well as our farm animals, the fields are full of wild creatures. Can you spot a hare or a fox? A mouse or squirrel? A kestrel or a sparrowhawk? Or maybe some beautiful butterflies?

Make friends on the farm

Meet cows, pigs, horses, sheep and hens on our friendly working farm. Come in the spring for a cute overload – this is when our calves, piglets and lambs arrive!


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

Museum map
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Pay once, visit all year with an Annual Pass!

Tickets are valid for unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.

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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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