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.

Update:

  • On Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 June, we are welcoming Giacomo Davaili and his fellow degree students from the Central Film School in London. They will be filming with us, using the Market Square area and Poplar Cottage. During this time, access to these areas will be limited. Please be guided by a member of the Museum staff or the crew concerning access. Do enjoy seeing this extra activity within the site!
  • Our Gateway Project building work has begun, so thank you to our visitors for bearing with us at this exciting time. We have emptied the millpond in preparation for the groundwork, which means that, although the watermill is stewarded and open for you to explore, no milling will take place until the millpond is refilled (we estimate that will take some 4-6 weeks).

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, covering all aspects of our work.

Perhaps you would like to try a special event day, inspired by the Museum’s collections? These include our Wood Show, Rare & Traditional Breeds Show, Vintage & Steam, Autumn Countryside Show and Christmas Market.

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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