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Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Relive the story of our famous farming past in the beautiful surroundings of Aden Country Park.

Steading and Museum at Aden Country Park

Visit the delightful country park location with children's play area and woodland walks.

Start at the unique, semi-circular Home Farm steading by exploring the Aden Estate Story and the "Weel Vrocht Grun" exhibitions.
Visit Hareshowe, a working farm set in the 1950s


  • See the reconstructed interior of the Horseman's House
  • Temporary Exhibitions
  • Education Room available
  • Theatre available for booking

Recognised LogoAberdeenshire Farming Museum, which is situated within Aden Country Park, has been approved as a Recognised Collection of National Significance by the Scottish Museums Council (SMC).

Managed by the Scottish Museums Council (SMC) on the behalf of the Scottish Government, the aim of the scheme is to celebrate, promote and invest in the nationally significant museum and gallery collections around Scotland held outside the nationally run institutions.

To discuss booking special visits or for further information call 01771 624 590 during opening hours or 01771 622 807.


NEW opening hours for 2015 season.

31st March - 27th September & Sat 10th October - Sun 25th October.

10.00 - 16.00 daily. Last admission is at 15.30.



Exhibitions and forthcoming Events on show in the Museum buildings

April 2014 - onwards

The Royal Observer Corps.

The secret cold war role of the Aberdeenshire farming community.

replica of ROC BunkerThis exhibition is about the secret role that many Aberdeenshire farmers played in the Cold War. In 1947 political conditions between the communist state of the USSR and the countries of the West were at a difficult stage. There was the real fear that there could be a nuclear war and the political conflict became called the COLD WAR.

As a result the government re-formed the Royal Observer Corp and many people from the farming community joined up. Initially they concentrated on aircraft reporting and tracking but in 1955 the Corps started to take on a new role.
Due to improvements in ground radar Fighter Command no longer needed plane spotting but there was a real need for recording the dropping of nuclear bombs and the power of the bombs.

Some of the ROC volunteers at the exhibition openingThis role was given to the Corps directed by Air Defence Operations Centres and other key military establishments.
Across the UK underground monitoring posts were created and 31 Group Controls (operations rooms) were staffed by 17,500 part-time volunteers.

The story of what the Corps did in this period and what it was like to be part of this “Secret Line of Defence” is told in this exhibition.


Day events held in the Museum

Wool spinning. From shearing to wearing.

By Victoria Metson

Sunday 28th June 2015

11.00am - 3.00pm


Woodturning demonstration using mainly local timbers.

By Arthur Braiden

Sunday 12th July 2015

10.30am - 3.00pm


Rag Rug demonstration - also Cattie's Tail making.

Hands-on Crafts. Come and have a go!

By Isobel Gregory

Sunday 26th July 2015

1.30pm - 3.30pm


Wool Felting.

By Victoria Metson

Wet felting is a process of layering, wetting, soaping and agitating the wool fibres to form a solid piece of felt.

Sunday 2nd August 2015

11.00am - 3.00pm


Kilt making demonstration.

By Beverley Scarlett

See the various stages.

Sunday 9th August 2015

1.00pm - 3.30pm





Keep a check on this page for more up and coming events and exhibitions.


Address & Access

Aden Country Park
AB42 5FQ


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Parking: disabled parking spaces in both car parks in Aden Country Park.

Access: At the Farming Museum a ramp leads to a paved courtyard with entrances to facilities.  The ground floor of both the Farming Museum and Harsehowe Working Farm are accessible to wheelchair users (wheelchair available if required).  The first floor of the Farming Museum and Hareshowe Farm are not accessible to wheelchair users.