Glencoe folk museum
History and heritage, hiding in traditional 18th century thatched cottages…
It’s one of our Top 10 Things We Love – Glencoe Folk Museum.
This atmospheric little museum is a real jump back in time, and a must see in Glencoe. You’ll find it on the main street, and it’s the handiwork of two local ladies who in 1966 set out to collect, preserve and exhibit articles that are relevant to the history and social conditions of Glencoe.
The traditional and personal museum gives you a rich insight into the history of the area and its people. You’ll see exhibitions with everything from the Glencoe massacre (the area’s most notable incident in history), to wares that you’d find in local shops throughout the years.
The little white cottages are crammed full of interesting things. You’ll see Jacobite relics, beautiful dresses, toys, and even weapons that were hidden in the roofs of houses following the Jacobite uprising back in 1745. Some of the weapons were found up to 200 years after they were initially hidden, and you can see them today in the museum’s displays.
The staff will show you lots of little treasures, and tell you absolutely everything you could possibly want to know about them. It’s a real personal experience with the museum’s knowledgeable team. Some of the displays are permanent, and some change around, so there’s always something new to be seen.
It’s the ideal place to spend a couple of hours and get a real feel for the traditional Highland way of life. And there are seasonal events and lots of activities for the little ones too.