Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore

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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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  • We took a day out at this attraction and was so pleased we did, the entrance is free, but it is only fair to buy the booklet for £5 we also gave a donation. There is plenty to see and do, ideal for fa...  more »
  • This has got to be the best day out in Scotland.A wonderful experience for the whole family-grannies,grandads,small children,big children.Where to start?Everyone sitting to attention in the schoolroom...  more »
  • An absolutely fantastic attraction. They do themselves no justice by not charging an entry fee but then I think that many people who couldn't afford to go would not have such a great opportunity to vi...  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!