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 the café kiosk or enjoy your own picnic.


  • Our Gateway Project buildings – an exciting new visitor centre and entrance, featuring introductory galleries and a shop, are now open!
  • A café kiosk service with limited menu is in operation whilst we complete our new café.
  • We are currently finalising a new exhibit building – a medieval house from Sole Street, Kent – read about it in our blog and watch the time-lapse footage from day one and day two.

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.

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