Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
(4.6/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Highland Folk Museumis Britain’s first open-air museum, a living history facility devoted to the life of early Highland peoples. See firsthand how the first Scots built their homes, tilled their land, and kept themselves entertained on the Highlands. You can visit replica trade buildings, including joiners, tailors, and clockmakers. The museum covers history from the 1700s to present day amid natural beauty, which is home to red squirrel and tree creepers. Add Highland Folk Museum to your Newtonmore travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Newtonmore trip generator.
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  • This was a suprisingly great place to visit. It is over a large spacious area with local historical items. There is a Blackhouse Village in the grounds which has people dressed in historical costume a...  more »
  • An excellent attraction you must visit if in the area. Suitable for all ages. Fabulous for the kids to get involved with and great for anyone wanting to visit an interesting and informative museum. Th...  more »
  • We were traveling from Edinburgh to Inverness and ran across this little gem. A great place for learning - young and old. You get a very good appreciation for life in the 18th century. A site also use...  more »
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  • A charming, though fairly large, folk museum. They have three sections: one related to farms in the early 20th century, one that's more of a 1940 village with typical small town buildings and shops, and the third section being a recreation of a 1800's highland village, which is what I believed the whole thing was going to be. The staff was really nice, the entry is donation based so you pay what you want, and all sections are interesting in their own way. Well worth a visit.
  • What a great place to visit! You can spend around 3h there and still feel that you have not seen it all! The buildings and their interiors have so much detail. It tells you so much about the history of the area right from the 18th century. I also couldn't believe that it's free to go in, apart from encouraging donations from visitors. Definitely recommend a visit here.
  • Fascinating. Kids found it interesting too. As long as it's not too wet and you don't mind a bit of walking it's definitely worth a visit. Great oaty jam bakes in the tea room too!
  • Be warned that this is a big site: about a mile from one end to the other and mainly outdoors. Plenty to see, the crofts, school and sweetshop were the stand out attractions for me. The children getting a handwriting lesson using metal nibs and ink pots was great as was the teacher sending visitors out of the class for not knocking before entering. Sweets sold by the quarter rather than 100 gm, half expected to see Mr Farage endorsing the place. Free entry but donations requested and you should.
  • A great place and free to enter (but donations welcomed!). Some nice places to explore, a modest but well kept playground and an old fashioned sweetie shop, all in the surroundings of the beautiful Cairngorms. Lovely!