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.
- During December the Museum will be open at weekends only (except 24-25) and also on 26 and 27 December for our Christmas at the Museum event. We hope you enjoy visiting us at this special time of year!
- We are currently moving our website to a new platform, which will give you a better experience. Please bear with us over the next few days as there may be a short period of downtime. Please call us on 01243 811010 if you have an urgent enquiry.
- On Sunday 11 December the Museum is hosting the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Santa Sprint and Stroll.
- Work to remodel our car park has started – 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 under construction near the entrance. The mill pond is currently empty (pending repair), so although the watermill is open, no milling can take place until it is refilled (estimated as January 2017). We are currently operating a small cafe kiosk service whilst construction takes place on our new cafe building (opening Easter 2017).
- We are currently re-assembling 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.