Welcome to the National Museum of Rural Life

Welcome to the National Museum of Rural Life

We're reopening soon and look forward to welcoming you from 12 August 2020.

Plan your visit

We're reopening

The National Museum of Rural Life will reopen from 12 August 2020. We can’t wait to welcome you back.

Plan your visit

Book online in advance

Timed entry has been introduced to ensure that we can manage numbers and maintain physical distancing. Please book a timed entry ticket online 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.

Priority booking for National Museums Scotland Members will open at 10:00 on 5 August 2020. Become a Member today to receive a pre-release code to secure your tickets. 

General release tickets will be available from 10:00 on 7 August 2020.

Find out more about booking

Visiting safely

A range of new safety measures have been put in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

This includes pre-booked timed entry, 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. Any questions? Our Visitor Experience team will be delighted to help.

Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

Please note that Garden Detectives and the Farm Explorer tractor trailer ride to the farm are currently not available..

National Museum of Rural Life

Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR
Tel: 0300 123 6789


Advance online booking required

Pay once and visit all year with the Annual Pass
Adult £9
Concession £8*
Child (5–15) £6 (under 5s free) 
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £25

  • *Concessions: 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people.
  • Carers of disabled people free.
  • National Museums Scotland Members free 
  • National Trust for Scotland Members free (additional charge for some events)
  • School visits are free; some workshop charges apply
  • Discounts available for group bookings and those travelling by bicycle

Opening times

The Museum will reopen on 12 August 2020.

Advance online booking required

Face coverings

Face coverings must be worn in our shops.

You are encouraged to wear face coverings in our other indoor spaces, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff.

We're Good to Go

We have acquired VisitBritain’s Good to Go accreditation. This Industry Standard mark means that National Museums Scotland has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid physical distancing.

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As a charity, we rely on your donations to care for our animals and our special landscape. Please donate today to support our work.

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Inside the museum

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.

Things to see and do


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

Museum map


We take pride in maintaining the highest standards to make your visit as rewarding as possible.

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We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we’re almost ready to welcome visitors back to our museums. We've made some changes to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit, including online booking and new safety measures.

Find out more about reopening