National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
Explore Scotland's rich countryside traditions at National Museum of Rural Life, a complex documenting farming, animal husbandry, and development throughout the area's long history. Pay a visit to this living, breathing, family-friendly museum and wander its verdant grounds, replete with horses, pigs, cattle, sheep, and other popular farmyard residents. The collections of tractors, tools, and working farm equipment are likely to give you a newfound appreciation for the hard labor that for centuries went into building Scotland as a nation. Those with little ones should catch some of the many demonstrations, including cow-milking, traditional local crafts, and gardening. Be sure to check the museum's website for information about temporary exhibits, special events, and activities. National Museum of Rural Life is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, East Kilbride Edition.
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  • I live very close to the museum and had always wondered what it was like. So I took my grandson (13 months) for a quick visit. Despite it being midday on a Friday, it was busy enough (without being cr...  read more »
  • This is a great day out for the whole family. Very slick set up, really informative but also a lot of fun too.Especially loved the farmhouse and the magnificent Clydesdale horses. 
  • Very interesting place to visit really educational . Lots to see and do. Free parking is a bonus. Good cafe. 
  • Really impressive museum - very well curated with clear and interesting information in a stunning modern building. Gives a real sense of life and farming in the past. With a visit to the farm as well, you could easily spend a whole day here.
  • Laid back museum, mainly of farming equipment from the last century, within a great modern space that works really well. The walk up to the working farm is great to see the cows being milked. East Kilbride has this side to it's local history that is quite different from what you usually think of.
  • I had the pleasure of visiting the museum on Friday 14 February 2014 with a group of former colleagues and friends. The welcome we received from all of the staff was exceptional, starting with the reception and cafĂ© staff. We enjoyed tours of the museum and of the farm and farmhouse and we would like to pass on our thanks to Laura McMeekin and her colleague Nancy. Their tours were so interesting and informative, they guarantee that we will return in the future.
  • Liked it but a bit smelly for me and my classmates lol that's what my boy thought of the farm
  • Very nice and stunning museum, spectacular scenery and houses along the road, I enjoyed a lot with available stuff, by the way the museum is in a new building. also there were tours but I missed it.
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