Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Relive the story of our famous farming past in the beautiful surroundings of 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. Visit Hareshowe, a working farm set in the 1950s and see the reconstructed interior of the Horseman's House. We also have a theatre available for booking.

Aberdeenshire Farming Museum has been approved as a Recognised Collection of National Significance by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS). The aim of the scheme is to celebrate, promote and invest in the nationally significant museum and gallery collections around Scotland.

For more information on our museum please contact us.

Opening times

The museum is open to the public for the 2017 season from Monday 3rd April to Sunday 29th October.

View Aberdeenshire Farming Museum opening times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • Closed Wednesday

The last entry to the museum is at 3.30pm daily.


The museum is running two exhibits; Food, Folk and Farm and The Royal Observer Corps.

Food, Folk and Farming

Visit us and view a specially made film, hear about the food industry in the north east and have a look at some interesting objects from our collections.

As part of an ongoing consultation process we are asking our visiting public if our exhibits tell the stories you want to hear about food, folk and farming.

Your comments will help to improve our museum. Please come along and tell us what you think.

The Royal Observer Corps

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 reformed 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.

Contact the museum

You can contact Aberdeenshire Farming Museum in writing, by telephone or email:

Aberdeenshire Farming Museum
Aden Country Park
AB42 5FQ
Telephone: 01771 624590
Email: museums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

View the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum location map.

Car parking is available at Aden Country Park. 

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