The Highland Folk Museum, was Britain's first mainland open air museum opened in 1944. Named Am Fasgadh (The Shelter) this became the third home for founder Dr. Isobel F. Grant's renowned core collection of Highland material culture and as a living history highland museum. The Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum has gone from strength to strength, proactively reflecting many aspects of Highland rural life and culture both within and beyond the Cairngorms National Park.
The Highland Folk Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. Visitors to this living history Museum can learn how our Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil and how they dressed, in a friendly and welcoming environment. An award winning visitor attraction, the Museum not only encapsulates human endeavour and development in Highland life from the 1700s to the present day, but offers an opportunity to explore a beautiful natural setting, home to red squirrels and tree creepers
The Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, has transformed 300 years of history by recreating a thriving township from the 1700s of heather thatched turf houses with open peat fires, furnished with box beds. and traditional cruisie lamps. A working croft still stands with horses, cattle, ducks, tractors, hand pumps and farm machinery and the teacher rules in the old, tin Highland school! At this award winning highland folk museum, a Victorian water-powered sawmill has been brought back to life along with a clock-maker's workshop, tailor's shop, post office and 1950's Summer House. Interpretive guides in period costume bring history alive. A vintage bus travels through native pinewoods stopping near the fascinating gift and craft shop, and the period 1930's sweet shop sells old favourites such as sour plums, bulls eyes and gob stoppers. The Highland Folk cafe also offers some tasty, reasonably priced lunches. A great day out for everyone! For more information on Newtonmore check out our Newtonmore village page.
Below are just some of the amazing attractions that can be found at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park.
Highland Folk Museum - Usual Opening Hours - check web site for more detail.
1st April to 31st August (Open daily)
Opens: 10.30am Closes: 5.30pm
September and October (Open daily)
Opens: 11.00am Closes: 4.30pm
Average Length of Visit
You will need 3-5 hours for a full experience of the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum
Highland Folk Museum - By Main Road - From Perth (70 miles) or Inverness(43 miles), follow the A9 directly to Newtonmore. From Aberdeen(110 miles), Follow the signs to Inverness along the A96 to Keith then follow the signs to Craigellachie, turnleft on to the A95. Follow the signs to the A9and turnleft towards Perth. Newtonmore is approximately 16 miles along the A9 from that point. Newtonmore itself is a small village, but the Highland Folk Museum is sign posted well from the A9 in both directions.