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National Museum of Rural Life

Explore life in the countryside at a historic working farm and museum

Planning your visit

The National Museum of Rural Life, which is operated by National Museums Scotland, has introduced timed entry to ensure that staff can manage numbers and maintain social distancing.  All visitors, including National Trust for Scotland members, need to book a timed entry ticket online in advance of their visit. 

Please also note that the reopening of the site will be phased, with some parts of the museum building and farm opening first. The majority of the museum galleries are open, and you will be able to see all the animals at the farm as usual. However, we ask that you please don’t pet the animals, including our farm cats.

Some interactive displays and high-touch areas are temporarily closed for your safety, including the Garden Detectives gallery in the museum building, as well as the farmhouse on the working farm. While the Farm Explorer tractor-trailer isn’t running, one-way routes have been put in place to ensure you can get to the farm and back safely.

Please visit www.nms.ac.uk/rural for details.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Facilities & access

All recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

While we make every effort to ensure the site is as accessible as possible, the outdoor nature of some events means that different access arrangements may apply.

For accessibility details, please visit the National Museums Scotland website.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

3G/4G coverage
  • Parking is free, with designated spaces for visitors with disabilities.
  • Parking is available at the museum building, and there is a drop-off point at the farm.

Adapted toilets are available.

Baby changing
  • The museum and ground floor of the farmhouse are fully accessible and a wheelchair-accessible tractor-trailer runs between the two.
  • The paths leading to the farm buildings provide firm, smooth surfaces for pushchairs. However, the distance is approximately 0.5 miles and in places the path is relatively steep. Seating is provided at regular intervals.

The award-winning café in the museum offers home baking, hot and cold dishes, children’s meals and freshly brewed teas and coffees.

Visiting with little ones? The museum’s Garden Detectives gallery takes an interactive and larger-than-life look at the plants and animals that live in the great outdoors. Learn all about the importance of pollinators in the bee area: do some ‘waggle dancing’, brush up with bee books or dress up as a beekeeper.

Family-friendly trails and quiz sheets are available at the ticket desk to help children explore the site.

Coach parking

There’s an induction loop in the theatre.

Highchair

Parking is free for members of the National Trust for Scotland.

Enjoy the outdoor picnic area.

Visitors can enjoy an outdoor picnic area and playground with swings, slides and a stationary ride-on tractor.

A walk from the museum to the farm takes about 10 minutes on paths overlooking the fields and hedgerows. Or take a rattling good ride on the Farm Explorer tractor-trailer (free with museum admission).

Shop
Toilet
  • The farm and the ground floor of the farmhouse, museum building, café and shop are accessible to wheelchairs.
  • A wheelchair-accessible tractor-trailer runs between the museum and farmhouse throughout the day.
  • The paths leading to the farm buildings provide firm, smooth surfaces for wheelchairs. However, the distance is approximately 0.5 miles and in places the path is relatively steep. Seating is provided at regular intervals.

Opening times

Museum

Advance online booking is required. Please note the museum is closed on 25 & 26 Dec, and 1 Jan.

1 Jan–17 Mar, daily, 10.00–17.00 18 Mar–11 Aug, closed Current period12 Aug–31 Mar 2021, daily, 10.00–17.00

Entry prices

Museum
Adult
£9.00
Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)
£25.00
Concession
£8.00
Child (under 5s free)
£6.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50