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.
- 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.