Museum

The Glenesk Folk Museum is for some people a discovery, for others a home to revisit, over and again.

Local school teacher Greta Michie opened the museum in 1955, using innovative methods of telling ordinary people’s stories by drawing on living history ideas being then pioneered in Scandinavia.

 

 

A warm welcome awaits you at our fabulous Museum

A warm welcome awaits you at our fabulous Museum

museum1Part of the Museum’s children’s display

The collection of tens of thousands of objects, is so superb, that after a huge community fund raising effort, the museum was rebuilt in 2005 so as to more adequately house, conserve and display the extraordinary legacy of Greta Michie and the people of Glenesk.

‘A revelation’

In our main building, domestic and agricultural objects, together with photographs and other artefacts, tell fascinating intertwined stories of lives lived on the land over centuries.

Reconstructed rooms recreate life in the glen, mainly in Victorian times, along with period dressing up, toys and activities.

Our objects are shown in the place where they came from, were used, mended and valued. Their meaning lies in the stories they carry, helping us look back and to look forward, while leading us into the stories of ‘glenners’ still living.

Come and share your stories too.

‘Lovingly displayed’  ‘ Very moving’

Across the car park, in the Green Shed stables, you can enjoy agricultural implements from as early as the 18th century, magnificent horses’ harnesses in cobbled stalls and a reconstruction smithy.

Incredibly, this inspiring museum gem also holds a richly diverse collection of objects from beyond the glen and all over the world, carrying many, as yet, unravelled mysteries.

Entry is free

‘So awesome it is ridiculous’

Displays change over the season, as do exhibitions of paintings and photographs from the collection. Tours of the museum store can be booked in advance. Please enquire about group visits. Look out for museum events on our website and facebook page.

Archive room

We have a rich collection of archive photographs, documents, first created by museum founder Greta Michie. Local glen historians have made available the genealogy of every glen family over centuries. In our Archive Room  you can immerse yourself in your own family history and then take off into the landscape to retrace the steps of your ancestors. Staff and volunteers are on hand to help whenever possible. We also have a growing library of books to help you on your adventure into the past.