Top things to see and do

Make the most of your visit with our museum highlights. Your rural adventure starts here!

Learn about the land

Our museum galleries are the first stop on your rural adventure. Here you'll discover how the land, people and new ways of working have shaped Scotland's rural history.

Two women looking at a museum display

Become a tractor fan

Did you know that the museum hosts Scotland's largest collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery? Find out more about the collection.

A tractor in a museum display

Get your wellies on…

…for a walk to the farm! This country stroll takes you along a path overlooking the fields and hedgerows.

A family of 6 wearing wellies and waterproofs

Make friends on the farm

Meet cattle, pigs, sheep and hens on our working farm – and look out for Sooty, the farm cat, patrolling the farmyard.

A family looking at a calf

Make time for tea

Don’t forget to round off your visit with a stop at our award-winning café, the perfect place for some good old-fashioned home baking.

A cafe interior

Meet our Clydesdales 

Did you know that before tractors were invented, horses used to pull ploughs and carry heavy loads on the farm? Meet our Clydesdales Mhairi and Anna up at the farm or in the fields.

A family of four meeting a horse

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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 museum visit.

Join Clyde the horse on a journey around the museum before taking on our super spotter challenge as you explore the great outdoors around the farm.

View the family trail
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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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Plan your visit to the National Museum of Rural Life with our maps to view online or print at home.

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We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we have started to welcome visitors back to our museums with a phased reopening.

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