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Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
Admire the resourcefulness of 19th-century islanders at Skye Museum of Island Life, a museum built in 1965 to preserve a township of thatched cottages. These cottages were once a dominant part of the Highland landscape and the means of survival for the locals. The craft houses--made from just a few materials--were a perfect product of their environment, built sturdy to sustain the wind, and warm to protect from the climate. Tour the museum on your own using the plentiful signage and information to guide you, and step inside the well-preserved Skye houses to see artifacts from day-to-day life. Stop by the gift shop on your way out, where you'll find unique souvenirs handmade locally. Using our world travel planner, Isle of Skye attractions like Skye Museum of Island Life can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We stopped here on our guided tour and walked around the outside of the museum. A few of our group went into the museum and really enjoyed it. It's a great value for your money. Very authentic with re...  read more »
  • We braved the bad weather and drove up to Kilmuir through Uig. Plenty of parking and a nice short walk to the walk around museum that is a kind of 'living' experience as it uses different crofts to pr...  read more »
  • Huge archive of information in one of the houses, I could have stood there looking through the clippings for hours. 
  • This was great, my ancestors Lamonts came from here and it was fantastic to see how they lived in those days, a great museum where alot of information on families around nearby are, if your looking for ancestors for your family tree this is the place to start, well presented and staff are full of knowledge.
  • A highlight of our visit from Ireland & a most interesting guide. Just look how well the thatch is tied to show how hard life was for those who lived there.
  • Toilets were great love it
  • Interesting museum with a lot of information on daily life of Isle of Skye residents in the past.
  • Houses are pretty cool and it's worth the stop for only 2.50 but the exhibit readings could use a bit of work on synthesis.
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