Welcome to the Weald & Downland Living Museum

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. 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 our waterside café or enjoy your own picnic.


  • Our Vintage Concert (19 August) has been cancelled – we apologise for any inconvenience. The bands will now play on Saturday 19 August at our Vintage & Steam show instead.
  • Our new visitor centre is now open! Come and explore our new shop, introductory galleries and stunning new waterside café, Wattle & Daub (dog friendly café and open to non-visitors)
  • We are fundraising towards the construction of two exciting new exhibit buildings; a dairy and bakehouse are being re-erected near the watermill
  • Filming is taking place at the Museum on certain dates from August to October. During these times a small area of the Museum (containing Court Barn) will be closed. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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 an event day, inspired by the Museum’s collections? We also run an extensive programme of adult education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts and in building conservation, plus two MSc programmes.

Customer reviews:

“Best museum I have ever visited.”
TripAdvisor, June 2017

“Gets better and better.”
TripAdvisor, June 2017

“Wonderful Museum for all ages.”
TripAdvisor, June 2017

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