Scotland of one of those countries that preserve their old traditions very carefully and thoroughly. The locals love their folk clothing and often use it, especially for such special occasions as weddings, funerals, official events, large national holidays, etc. Besides, Scots have a serious number of local folk museums where everybody can see Scottish traditional attire. Here’s a list of such museums.
National Museum of Costume is situated in National Museum of Scotland, New Abbey. This is one of the best museums for those interested in traditional and historical clothing of Scotland. Among the exhibits are folk clothes, historical costumes, traditional accessories and jewelry, Viking clothing, garments and accessories from around the world, textile samples, old photos depicting folk dresses, and many more.
Highland Folk Museum is an open-air folk museum. It’s situated in Newtonmore village, Badenoch and Strathspey, Scottish Highlands. Among the exhibits are vintage handicraft tools, traditional clothing and accessories, old photos depicting Scottish folk dress, and many more. This museum also organizes historical fairs, interactive exhibitions, and has operating craft shops.
West Highland Museum. It’s one of the oldest museums in the Highlands. It is situated in Fort William, Scotland. Among the exhibits are vintage Victorian dresses and accessories, samples of the local military uniforms, weaponry, and accessories, various other artifacts and tools, etc.
Glencoe Folk Museum. It’s situated in Glencoe Village, Scotland. Among the exhibits are Jacobite relics, traditional and historical costumes, military uniforms, old photos depicting Scottish folk dress, etc.
Fife Folk Museum. It’s situated in Fife, Scotland. It is an open-air museum that includes a few 19th-century buildings. Among the exhibits are vintage handicraft tools, traditional clothing and accessories, etc.
Skye Museum of Island Life. It is an open-air museum situated on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Among the exhibits is a weaver’s cottage with an old loom, several spinning wheels, and various spinning and weaving tools.
Weaver's Cottage. This small museum is situated in Kilbarchan vilage, the Lowlands of Scotland. It re-creates the living and working conditions of a typical handloom weaver. Among the exhibits are a vintage loom, spinning and weaving tools, period furniture, samples of textiles, etc.
Note! If you’re a museum that exhibits traditional costumes, folk clothing crafts, or historical clothes, jewelry, and accessories, and you’re not on the list, please write us in the comment section or via the contact page. We will gladly add your museum here with short info about it.