The Highland Folk Museum is a must-see attraction in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Just a stone’s throw away from Crubenbeg Country House, the museum is situated in Newtonmore. Considered the first open-air museum in Britain, the Highland Folk Museum offers visitors the chance to explore what Highland life was like through history.
With 30 buildings, you can take a trip back in time to explore work and life in the Scottish Highlands from the 1700s until the 1950s. The Highland Folk Museum is a one-mile long site, featuring townships through the ages. Visitors can start with the 1700s township as well as explore other fascinating buildings such as the 1930s working croft.
As well as learning lots about the history and lifestyle of the people in the Scottish Highlands, guests can enjoy a range of facilities such as a gift shop, fun children’s playground and a café. After you’ve explored the delights of the museum, unwind and take stock in the café, while marvelling at the incredible views across the Highlands.
The history of the Highland Folk Museum
The open-air visitor attraction was originally founded in 1935 by Dr Isabel Frances Grant. In 1930, Grant curated an exhibition which explored the Highlands using over 2,000 artefacts, by 1935 she founded the museum and had over 800 visitors in the first year. As it was so popular, the site had to be moved to a larger space. In 1954, Grant retired and the ownership was taken over by a Trust. By 2011, the collection and museum were then given to High Life Highland, a charity that works closely with Highland Council.
In its history, the collection has grown and modernised to suit the demands of visitors. Today it is a popular tourist destination, attracting glowing praise and developing culture and wellbeing across the region.