...traditional buildings in a rural landscape that tell the story of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 600-year period.

You can explore the 50-acre site and visit some of our 50 exhibit buildings.  Many of our exhibit houses are furnished to recreate historic domestic interiors. 

We have a regular programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in our Tudor kitchen. 

The Museum has an extensive artefact collection which is housed in our award-winning Downland Gridshell Building.

You can walk in the woods, bring the dog, visit the lakeside café or bring a picnic.

Or you might like to try a special event day, inspired by the Museum's collections, such as the Rare Breeds Show, the Festival of Steam or the Autumn Countryside Show.

 We also run an extensive programme of adult-education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts, historic domestic life and building conservation. 

Intro come and discover topDownland Landscape OverviewBuildings and Collections OverviewAn historic working watermill - flour ground daily.Over 50 buildings rescued and reconstructed.  The village square.Historic Rural life OverviewSpecial Events OverviewLifelong Learning OverviewLearn how people lived in days gone by.  See their clothes, sample their food.Countryside show, rare breeds, steam fairs, childrens activity days....historic building conservation, rural trades and crafts & much more