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. Take a look at our Newtonmore online travel planner to schedule your visit to Highland Folk Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This museum exhibits life in Scotland from the 1800s through mid-1900s in an open air format. All exhibits were well presented. The grounds were clean and well maintained. Staff was available to... 
    This museum exhibits life in Scotland from the 1800s through mid-1900s in an open air format. All exhibits were well presented. The grounds were clean and well maintained. Staff was available to...  more »
  • The best well maintained museum we have been to. Lots and lots of history with many buildings to see, and staff dressed in period costume. There are two parts to the museum with buildings set around.....  more
    The best well maintained museum we have been to. Lots and lots of history with many buildings to see, and staff dressed in period costume. There are two parts to the museum with buildings set around.....  more »
  • It was a pleasant couple of hours. Kids enjoyed the run around and explore. The only dressed up people we saw were a lady in a sweet shop and a man by the farm but who greeted us. We popped in for a.....  more
    It was a pleasant couple of hours. Kids enjoyed the run around and explore. The only dressed up people we saw were a lady in a sweet shop and a man by the farm but who greeted us. We popped in for a.....  more »
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  • This was my first time going to this museum. I went with my mum, dad and sister and we all enjoyed it a lot. It has a lot to offer, and it's free. Since it's free they ask for donations but it's w brilliant museum so I recommend giving as least a small amount of money. It has a sweet shop and a gift shop and a cafe too! It has an area called the 'pinewood' which unfortunately has lost 300 trees but was still a very lovely walk to the 1700's township which was very nice. It also had a school and a farm, and we even saw some ducklings! They were absolutely adorable! Overall it's an amazing museum and I recommended going, and if you can, donating a small amount☺️
  • Fantastic day out. Great for all ages! Spent about 2 and a half hours here but could easily spend more! Lovely cafe and gift shop also! Lots of picnic tables wee park too. All staff very friendly and full of information. Free to enter but suggested donation is optional.
  • This is a museum with a difference it's well worth a visit indeed, several visits there's so much to see. A fascinating collection of historical interest. Don't hesitate - book now
  • This place is amazing, and it's totally free, though we've donated both times we've visited as it doesn't seem right to pay nothing! This was our second visit, and it was a shame the township was closed as we didn't get to see it properly the first time due to the weather. So sad to see the pinewood so damaged by the winter storms though. Would highly recommend, our children loved exploring, they're aged 5 and 2 and there are some great play areas too.
  • To be honest, a bit boring. Most of the stuff could do with a lick of paint. I thought it would be a bit like beamish, but was not nearly as good, and the information, which was sparse at best, was probably all included in the £5 guidebook. Free entry, but it costs £11 something to upkeep it per visitor apparently. In the township area, there was this dude, Mike I think, one of the staff, who was really nice and knew his stuff.

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