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 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; 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.


  • Please note that the Museum is currently closed and will re-open for February half-term (20th-24th). Annual Members continue to have access to the Museum as a park during this time – find out more here. We are open 7 days a week from 1st March 2017.
  • Work to remodel our car park is taking place – thanks for bearing with us! See how the new layout will look in this short animation.
  • Our Gateway Project buildings – an exciting new visitor centre and cafe – are approaching completion near to the entrance. The mill pond is currently being relined prior to refilling in February. Our 17th century watermill is currently closed for repair and we plan to resume milling in March.
  • A small café kiosk service is in operation whilst construction takes place on our new café building (opening Easter 2017).
  • We are currently finalising a new exhibit – a medieval house from Sole Street, Kent – read all 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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