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We will be opening many of our places over the coming months. Some places will remain closed.

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Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley

National Museum of Rural Life

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

Planning your visit

The National Museum of Rural Life’s annual events programme celebrates the changing seasons, the great outdoors and country crafts and traditions. Many events are free for National Trust for Scotland members; however, charges do apply for some events. 

Non-assistance dogs are allowed outdoors on the site as long as they are kept on a lead at all times. They’re not permitted inside the museum building or the farmhouse. Dogs are allowed outdoors at event days, as long as they are on a lead.

All recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below, visit the National Museums Scotland website or see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: info@nms.ac.uk or telephone 0300 123 6789.

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.

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  • 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

The museum is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

1 Jan–17 Mar, daily, 10.00–17.00 Current period18 Mar until further notice, closed

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