• National Museum of Rural Life
    National Museum of Rural Life© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The National Museum of Rural Life’s award-winning museum building
    The National Museum of Rural Life’s award-winning museum building© National Museums Scotland
  • The Georgian farmhouse at the National Museum of Rural Life, operated in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland
    The Georgian farmhouse at the National Museum of Rural Life© National Museums Scotland
  • Clydesdale horses were used for farming
    Clydesdale horses were used for farming© National Museums Scotland
  • Discover 300 years of farming and rural home life in the museum galleries
    Discover 300 years of farming and rural home life in the museum galleries© Wattie Cheung
  • Take a ride between the museum and farm on the Farm Explorer tractor-trailer
    Take a ride between the museum and farm on the Farm Explorer© National Museums Scotland
  • Explore inside the farmhouse, where the Reid family used to live
    Explore inside the farmhouse, where the Reid family used to live© National Museums Scotland
  • The Shielings Café offers delicious meals using locally sourced produce, with views of the surrounding countryside
    The Shielings Café offers delicious meals using locally sourced produce© Ruth Armstrong Photography

A unique partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and National Museums Scotland, the museum combines an exhibition building (with shop and cafe) and the historic working farm of Wester Kittochside.

Just eight miles from the centre of Glasgow yet far removed from city life, a day out at the National Museum of Rural Life gives you a unique opportunity to get back to the land and experience the traditional way of life on a Scottish farm.

Discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland’s countryside. The farm itself is still worked using techniques and equipment from the 1950s.

There's a historic farmhouse which was occupied by the Reid family since the 1500s. The farm is managed to represent the 1950s, when the horse was giving way to the tractor.

There are animals (see the cows being milked!), crops, tractor rides, special events, farmland walks, spectacular views and much more. It’s a great day out for the whole family.

Please note: Admission charges will apply on some event days.

For more information visit www.nms.ac.uk/rural or call 0300 123 6789.

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Opening times & Prices

07 Dec
  • Museum: 10.00 - 17.00
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This site is managed by National Museums of Scotland and is exempt from the Royal Bank of Scotland Select Platinum Benefit and Nat West Platinum Reward benefit. Please note there may be a charge to NTS members for some events.
Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £7.00
    Family: £19.00
    Child: £4.00
    Concession: £6.00

    NTS member event charges
    Country Fair 4th September
    NTS Adult £9.00
    NTS Child £5.50

    Christmas Fair and Foal Show 4th December
    NTS Adult £9.00
    NTS Child £5.50

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Silver
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 5 Star