National Museum of Rural Life
- Telephone 0300 123 6789
- Opening times Mon–Sun 10am–5pm.
- Seasonal times Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan.
- Food served Mon–Sun 10am–4.30pm.
- Admission Free–£7 (adult)
- Website www.nms.ac.uk/rural
The café at this rural life museum looks out over the fields and offers a range of sandwiches, filled bagels and main meals starring local produce.
Part of the National Museums of Scotland, displays of artefacts relating to rural life down the centuries sit alongside a working farm harking back to the 1950s. The Shielings Café looks out over the fields and offers a range of sandwiches, filled bagels and main meals starring local produce like Loch Fyne smoked salmon, Thorntonhall ice-cream and free-range eggs from The Beeches, Lockerbie.
Explore life in the countryside at this five-star museum, historic farmhouse and working farm.
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 or tractor-trailer ride from the museum is our working farm, home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses. Meet the animals, then visit the Georgian farmhouse where Lanarkshire's Reid family lived for ten generations. See rooms decorated as they would have been in the 1950s and explore the bothy, outbuildings and kitchen garden.
Don't forget to round off your visit with a stop at our award-winning cafe, the perfect place for some good old-fashioned home baking.
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- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access
Events at this venue
There are 4 events at this location
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Christmas Fair at the Farm
Celebrate the festive season on the farm with traditional crafts and games, festive music and storytelling, Christmas gift stalls and Santa of course!
Sun 6 Dec
Prices to be confirmed / 0300 123 6789
Spooky happenings in the country for Halloween. Visit the museum after dark with your little devils for some creepy crafts and spooky surprises.
Sat 31 Oct
Free / 0300 123 6789
Summer Art Challenge
Join us for a drawing and painting challenge en plein air within the grounds of the museum. You will have from 10:30–15:00 to produce your masterpiece before our judges gather to decide the category winners. Age 16+. Free with museum admission and Annual Pass.
Sun 16 Aug
£9 (£8; Children £6; Family £25; Members free; under 5s free) / 0300 123 6789
Reviews & features
National Museum of Rural Life ploughs up the past28 Sep 2018
The changing face of Scottish farming is brought to life at the National Museum of Rural Life near East Kilbride
Fertile-minded foodies on the hunt for a way to further cultivate their knowledge of the field-to-plate journey should look no further than the National Museum of Rural Life. Situated near East Kilbride, and combining a modern museum with an historic…
Scotland's National Museum of Rural Life celebrates agricultural heritage9 Sep 2013
Musuem near East Kilbride is based on a working farm
Agricultural heritage is celebrated at Scotland’s National Museum of Rural Life, based on a working farm on the outskirts of East Kilbride. A partnership between National Museums Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, it was opened in 2001…