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.

Updates:

  • 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 reconstructing of two exciting new exhibit buildings, a dairy and bakehouse, near the watermill
  • Filming is taking place at the Museum on certain dates in September and October. During these times a small area of the Museum (containing Court Barn and the Smithy) will be closed to the public. 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:

“Great place to while away an afternoon with kids…  The children’s days in the summer with the different houses open and working are great fun. Feeding the ducks is a pleasure and definitely recommend the stoneground flour.”
TripAdvisor, August 2017

“We visited on a sunny day. The houses are great, all are furnished and each is staffed by a volunteer who is happy to ask questions. All the staff are friendly and helpful. The new cafe and shop are lovely. Truly living history.”
TripAdvisor, August 2017

“We love coming here so much that we have annual membership. All the historic buildings are fascinating and the place is a real hit with our grandchildren. It’s so peaceful and dogs are really welcomed.”
TripAdvisor, August 2017

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