Explore life in the countryside at this museum and historic working farm, just 13 miles from Glasgow's city centre. A range of safety measures have been put in place along with timed entry to ensure that we can manage numbers and maintain physical distancing. Please book a timed entry ticket online at nms.ac.uk/rural in advance of your visit. This includes National Museums Scotland Members, National Museum of Rural Life Annual Pass holders and National Trust for Scotland Members.
In the museum, learn about the land, people and ways of working that have shaped Scotland's rural history, and discover Scotland's largest collection of tractors, combine harvesters and other farming machinery.
Just a short walk from the museum is our working farm, home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses. With each season there is something new to see, from newborn animals to harvesting.
While our Farm Explorer tractor-trailer isn’t running, we’ve created one-way routes so you can get from the museum to the farm and back safely. When visiting the farm please do not pet or feed the animals, including our farm cats. Some interactive displays and high-touch areas are also temporarily closed for your safety, including the Garden Detectives gallery in the museum building and the farmhouse at the farm.
Shielings Café is open for home baking, hot and cold dishes, children's meals and freshly brewed teas and coffees. Or bring your own picnic to eat in our outdoor play park and picnic area. Our shop is also open for museum visitors to enjoy.
A range of safety measures have been put in place in line with Scottish Government guidelines. This includes enhanced cleaning, hand sanitising stations and one-way routes in certain areas of the museum where physical distancing is not possible. In line with Scottish Government guidelines, face coverings must be worn in our indoor spaces. Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit. During your visit, we ask you to:
Any questions? Our Visitor Experience team will be delighted to help.