Families enjoy autumn at the National Museum of Rural Life. Photo © National Museums Scotland (1)

National Museum of Rural Life launches Autumn Explorers for half-term

The whole family can enjoy autumn activities at the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride this half-term. Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Autumn Explorers will run from Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 October. 

A selection of press images are available here.  

Visitors to the museum, historic farmhouse and Wester Kittochside farmyard can celebrate the season with autumnal storytelling, biodiversity activities and a new outdoor trail.  

Dan the Story Man will share tales of tails and horse folklore in honor of Anna, the museum’s very own Clydesdale horse. Hands-on activities in the Biodiversity Hub will include creating cyanotype prints with foraged materials and folding origami seed-paper flowers to plant in your garden. Families can also get outside to explore the new Bugs and Beasties Trail and experience the museum from a whole new perspective. 

The support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery means that Autumn Explorers is free with Museum admission and the Museum’s Annual Pass. 

Alison Whitehill, Engagement Officer at the National Museum of Rural Life, said:  
“We are delighted to offer family activities this half term, thanks to the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We hope our young visitors will enjoy learning more about autumn on the farm and experiencing the beautiful countryside surrounding the National Museum of Rural Life." 

Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: 

“This half term is the perfect opportunity for families to get together and discover all autumn has to offer at the Museum. We are thrilled that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting this programme of fun and engaging seasonal activities. Player support has enabled many such initiatives. To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £900 million for thousands of good causes” 

Pre-schoolers and their parents can also explore nature during Tractor Tots, a series of playful sensory singalong sessions for under-fives. For more information and to book, visit nms.ac.uk/exhibitions-events

The National Museum of Rural Life is open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm and tickets are valid for unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of purchase. 

Admission: Adult (16+) Annual Pass £9, Concession Annual Pass £8, Child (5-15) Annual Pass £6, (under 5s free). 

Family Annual Pass (2 adults and 2 children) £25 

National Museums Scotland members free. 

Tickets can be booked online at nms.ac.uk/rural-life 


Notes to editors

Notes to editors 

  1. About the National Museum of Rural Life 

A museum, historic farmhouse and working farm, the National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride explores the land, people and ways of working that have shaped Scotland's rural history. On display in the museum is Scotland's largest collection of tractors, combine harvesters and farming machinery, while the farm is home to Ayrshire, Aberdeen Angus and Highland cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses. Lanarkshire's Reid family lived in the Georgian farmhouse for ten generations, and rooms are as they would have been in the 1950s. 

2. About National Museums Scotland 

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display. 

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