Highland Folk Museum
The Highland Folk Museum, recognized as Britain’s first mainland open air museum opened at Kingussie, Scotland 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 museum with buildings such as the Lewis Blackhouse became the inspiration for the larger Newtonmore site.
Opened in 1995 the Newtonmore site has gone from strength to strength, proactively reflecting many aspects of Highland rural life and culture through collecting, preserving, interpreting for and interacting with individuals, groups, communities and institutions both within and beyond the Highlands.
The Museum now offers a variety of reconstructed buildings raging from an 18th-century highland township, traditional 1930s croft, tin school originally from Knockbain, corrugated church from Culloden, and various trades buildings such as joiners, tailors and clockmakers. Buildings are added on an annual basis to ensure that the traditional highland culture and heritage is preserved.
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