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Glencoe Folk Museum

History and heritage hiding in two traditional 18th century thatched cottages.

It’s one of our Top 10 Things We Love – Glencoe Folk Museum.

This atmospheric little museum is a one of a kind experience, and a real jump back in time. It stands on the main street in Glencoe and began life back in 1966. Two local ladies set out to collect, preserve and exhibit articles that were relevant to the history and social conditions of the area.

Folk museum displays

You’ll be met with a rich insight into the history of Glencoe and its people. You’ll get to see exhibitions with everything from weapons used in the Glencoe massacre (the area’s most notable incident in history), to wares that you’d have found in local shops throughout the years.

folk museum shop

These quirky little cottages are crammed full of interesting things. There are Jacobite relics, stunning Victorian dresses, toys, and even weapons. The weapons were hidden away in the roofs of houses after the Jacobite uprising of 1745. Some of them lay undiscovered until 200 years after they were initially hidden, and you can see them in the museum’s displays today.

Folk museum

The team will show you lots of little treasures and tell you absolutely anything and everything you could possibly want to know about them. They make sure that it’s a real personal experience.

Some of the displays you see are permanent, and some change around, so it means there’s always something new to see. They throw seasonal events and host loads of activities for the wee ones too. It’s the ideal spot to spend a couple of hours and get a real feel for the traditional Highland way of life.