Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore

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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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  • I absolutely loved this experience. To see the way that our auld folk lived in 1700's and I put on Braveheart as soon as I got home!!! The 1900's were fantastic but too close to home - hahaha. My husb...  read more »
  • The site is great, very well thought out and structured takes you back centuries ago. The best has been the school and the area dedicated to the 18TH century. A sentence having lost activity in which you could live like the people of that time. Regarding entry, they could charge quietly. I believe that there are attractions for which is paid and not are worth so much like this.
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  • This museum offers a return in the past and shows different styles of Scottish farm buildings and dwellings and their evolution in time. The outside and inside are faithfully reconstituted, as well as workshops of artisans. You can also see an old train station, and a school where you can write with a pen. There is also a dealer of traditional candy to reward children who have been good. Wonderful trip in local traditions to do also with children.
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  • Very nice place to get a look in the past. The houses are lovely renovated and the guides are nice.
  • Stop on the way to aviemore , really interesting. So intresting we stopped again on the way home a few days later ...
  • We visited this living history museum while touring Scotland on vacation. It sprawls over many acres and is divided into two main components, a 1930's to WWII rural life museum, and a 1700's peasant village. I will discuss each section separately. One portion documents Scottish rural life back in the 1930's through World War II and includes actual farm animals, including Scottish Highland cattle, sheep, chickens and ducks. There are many machines there that you probably never heard of (such as a turnip beheader) and the farm staff was friendly and knowledgeable. There was an entire exhibit dedicated to what rationing was like for a real-life family during the Second World War, which I found really interesting, complete with ration coupons, ration-friendly recipes, and entire houses set up to look just like a 'typical' rural family lived during that period of time in history. There was also a penny candy store moved onto the property with original-recipe candy and a very friendly shopkeeper, an actual war-era schoolhouse complete with a knowledgeable school-mistress who made us complete our math lessons, shop-keepers, tailors, carpenters, wood workers, and other tradespeople, all moved onto the premises and staffed with re-enactors who know their stuff. This is the original part of the folk museum, and I was surprised to find it so interesting. The newer portion of the museum is the 1700's township which is set off after an interesting walk through a wooded area where there is 1930's log-carving and 1930's camping exhibitions (again, surprisingly fascinating). Once we got to the 1700's township, each stone cottage had the original cupboarded beds, peat fires, and the sparse implements the villagers owned back then. There were two reenactors there when we went through, a tartan weaver who showed us how to spin yarn on a drop-spindle, and another woman who we didn't get to speak to because she was entertaining a very LARGE group of middle-grade school children and had them all entranced. It surprised us how primitive and difficult life was back in 1700 Scotland. The livestock was herded into one end of the thatched-roof stone house for warmth, and the houses were dark and filled with smoke. For comparison, here in the USA we have Plimoth Plantation which is 1730's and many settlers died, but life here in the colonies was luxurious compared to the life of an average Scot. Maybe it explains why so many people were willing to emigrate to the new world? Best of all, this entire museum is FREE with a request for a donation. We spent an afternoon there, and it was well worth our time and donation. Highly recommended.
  • Lovely museum! It's nice to see how people lived back in the days. They've rebuild some houses, a school, a trainstation, a sawmill, a village etc. There's also a nice wee playground and a sweetshop. You can easily spend your whole day there! While we were there a redcoat came by to ask us if we've seen some highlanders...off course we pointed him to the wrong direction! ;-)
  • Greame at the highland folk museum is very very rude
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