Come and discover traditional buildings in a rural landscape that tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 600-year period.
You can explore the 40-acre site and visit some of our 50 exhibit buildings. Many of our exhibit houses are furnished to recreate historic domestic interiors.
We have a regular programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in our Tudor kitchen; milling flour in our working watermill; blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy; plus other seasonal demonstrations.
The Museum has an extensive artefact collection, which is housed in our award-winning Downland Gridshell Building and a comprehensive reference library covering all aspects of our work, housed in the building from Crawley.
You can walk in the woods, bring the dog, visit the lakeside café or bring a picnic.
Perhaps you would like to try a special event day, inspired by the Museum’s collections? These include our Food & Folk Festival, Wood Show, Rare & Traditional Breeds Show, Vintage & Steam, and Autumn Countryside Show.
We also run an extensive programme of adult-education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts, historic domestic life and building conservation.