The Glencoe Folk Museum was co-founded by Miss Barbara Fairweather MBE, Mrs Rae Grant and friends in the 1960s, and for these ladies it was a life's work. The collections quickly outgrew the original museum building, and in 1971 the museum was gifted its current home by the late Hugh Grant. The new museum opened its doors in 1972, and the unique and eclectic collection of objects has continued to grow. The aim of the museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit articles and objects relevant to the history of the Glencoe and North Lorn district for the purposes of education and interest.
The main museum building was originally two separate cottages, which have been dated to the early 1700s. The western building is slightly older, and is what is known as a 'cruck' cottage. This term is used when the bearing beams of the roof come down the inside walls instead of resting on the side walls. The low doors and thick walls are typical of buildings of this period, built for warmth and security.
The buildings are believed to have been inhabited right up until the 1950s, but by the time the museum acquired them, they had become derelict and were due to be demolished. In fact, in order to secure the thatched croft cottages for future generations to enjoy, Rae Grant stood in front of a bulldozer to prevent their demolition. They were restored in 1972. Every effort was made to retain the style of the original construction, so the cottage has been rethatched with heather, which would have traditionally been used in this area.