Buildings

The Museum’s collection of historic buildings is at the heart of our work – our collection of buildings has been Designated by the Government for its national and international importance. Saved from being demolished – or simply falling down – they’ve been carefully dismantled, brought here to be conserved and painstakingly rebuilt.

You can see more than 50 buildings, spanning more than 950 years, from sites across southern England. The collection includes workers’ cottages, shops, farmhouses, barns, a watermill, smithy and even a church. Most are open for you to go inside, explore and get a real feel for what it was like to live and work in them.

From our own times, the award-winning Downland Gridshell is a unique and spectacular building that combines traditional materials and 21st Century technology. So, as well as visiting the past, you can see the future here, too. Free Gridshell tours (including our artefact store) are held on most days at 1.30pm and last circa 40 minutes.