Preserving the rich heritage of Alford and Donside for future generations

Closed For Winter

The museum will reopen to visitors in April 2023. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2022!

Virtual Tour

Why not take the free 360 degrees virtual tour online? We also have a number of games and activities.

All this can be found here.

Heritage Museum

The museum aims to preserve and share the rural heritage of the North East of Scotland and of the Alford and Donside area in particular. It is housed in the old market building (The Mart), whose sale ring is still intact, and it has an extensive collection of exhibits relating to farming and rural life. Other exciting features of the Museum include the Old Schoolroom, Farmhouse Kitchen, Souter’s Workshop, Tailor’s Shop and Old-style Grocer’s Shop.


Museum News

  • 3 Star Museum Logo

    We are now a 3 star attraction!

    Museum Trustees and volunteers are delighted to announce that, after their recent quality assurance visit, Visit Scotland (the national tourism organisation for Scotland) have designated the museum a 3 star…

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    Talk – The Scottish Horse Plooman 1750-1950 Thursday 17 November at Tullynessle Hall 7.30pm

    Horse Historian, and retired museum curator Bob Powell will give an illustrated talk entitled “The Scottish Horse Plooman 1750-1950”. This will cover the change on the farm from ox ploughman…

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    Stationary Engine Rally Sunday 30 October

    End of Season Crankup. Come and view a selection of internal combustion engines from the last 100 years running and driving machinery. Sunday 30 October 12.00 – 4.00. Normal Museum…

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    BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors

    We were delighted to be featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme on Saturday 15 October. Also available later on BBC Radio Sounds Out of Doors – Pink-Footed…

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    Harvest Festival Outdoor Market. Saturday 15 October. 12-4

    Join us for our Harvest Festival on Saturday! We will have crafters, interactive display areas, storytelling, bottle stall, a model steam engine and threshing mill, a Clydesdale horse visiting, and…