Aberdeenshire Farming Museum
Aden Country Park
MGC Registered Museum
VisitScotland 3 Star Grading
Delightful country park location with children's play area and walks.
Relive the story of our famous farming past in the beautiful surroundings of Aden Country Park.
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:
- Award-winning displays & audio-visual shows
- Guided tours and costume guides
- See oatcakes baked at the Horseman's House
- Temporary Exhibitions
- Education Room available
NEW opening hours for 2013.
Open from 2rd April - 29th September and 15th October - 27th October.
10.00 - 16.00 CLOSED MONDAYS
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.
Exhibitions and forthcoming Events
April 2012 - onwards
The Royal Observer Corps.
The secret cold war role of the Aberdeenshire farming community.
This 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.
This 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.
Other events that are happening in Aden Park this & next year.
Aden Bike Challenge (ABC)
Sunday 2nd June 2013
Mad About Muir
Sunday 30th June 2013
Wild About Aden
Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th July 2013
Ugie Folk Festival at Aden Country Park
Saturday 27th July 2013
Aden Pipe Band Competition
Sunday 11th August 2013
Go Walkies for Guide Dogs
Saturday 14th September 2013
Vintage Tractor Working Day
Sunday 29th September 2013
Halloween at Aden Country Park
Saturday 26th October 2013
Christmas Fair at Aden Country Park
Sunday 8th December 2013
Mother’s Day Country Fair
Sunday 30th March 2014
Rural Life Heritage Fair
Sunday 30th March 2014
MACBI Fun Run
Sunday 23rd March 2014
These events are run in the park and the Museum buildings may not be open during the running of the event. Please check with the opening times of the Museum. More information about these events can be found on Aden Country Parks 'Whats on' webpage.
Keep a check on this page for up and coming events and exhibitions.
Aberdeenshire 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.