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; milling flour in our watermill; 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.
In preparation for our Gateway Project building work, we will be lowering the water level in the millpond from Monday 22 February. This means that, although the watermill will be stewarded and open for visitors to explore, no milling will take place for a period of 4-6 weeks.
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, covering all aspects of our work.
Perhaps you would like to try a special event day, inspired by the Museum’s collections? These include our Wood Show, Rare & Traditional Breeds Show, Vintage & Steam, Autumn Countryside Show and Christmas Market.
We also run an extensive programme of adult-education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts, historic domestic life and building conservation.