Come and discover rescued traditional rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 950-year period.
Enjoy the Museum’s 40-acre site and visit our collection of historic buildings – we have 50 to explore and many of our exhibit houses are furnished to recreate historic domestic interiors. There is a regular programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in our Tudor kitchen; blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy; plus seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods, bring the dog (we are dog friendly), visit the café kiosk or enjoy your own picnic.
- We are currently constructing our Gateway Project buildings near the entrance – an exciting new visitor centre and cafe. The millpond has been emptied, so although the watermill is open for you to explore, no milling can take place until it is refilled (we estimate that this will be in September). Our cafe is currently operating from a purpose-built kiosk. Thank you for bearing with us!
- We are currently reassembling a medieval house from Sole Street, Kent. Read all about it in our blog and watch the time-lapse footage from day one and day two here.
- The Post Office (within our shop) will be closed after 24th July – find out more.
Interested in historic tools, trades and crafts? Our extensive artefact collection is housed in our award-winning Downland Gridshell Building – take a free tour daily at 1.30pm. We also have a comprehensive reference library.
Perhaps you would like to try a special event day, inspired by the Museum’s collections? We also run an extensive programme of adult-education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts, historic domestic life and building conservation.