Explore our collection of

Historic buildings


Don't just learn about history

Experience it


Conserving our past for

The future

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Welcome to the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Be part of something historic and discover Sussex rural history through the seasons, in the heart of the picturesque South Downs. See what rural living was like with over a 1,000 years of history to explore, and over 50 relocated historic houses covering the 40 acre site. Whether you are 5 or 95 there is something for everyone!

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Become a Member

With so many varied events and the changing seasons to enjoy here at the Museum, why not consider joining as an annual member. Membership pays for itself in just three visits and is a fantastic way to support the Museum and our conservation work!

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Tickets are available to pre-book online, or on the day of your visit in our Museum gift shop. When pre-booking you can choose an entry time that suits you and once you’re at the Museum you can stay as long as you like!

For further assistance please contact the Museum on 01243 811363.

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What’s On Calendar

From our event and activity weekends, exhibitions, courses in traditional trades and crafts and seasonal activities, to a selection of open-air theatre for you to enjoy against the backdrop of our beautiful Museum, there really is something for everyone.

Family Activities

Sneak Peek Dates

December 2023

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Family Activities

Christmas Holiday Activities

Tue 19 – Thu 21 December

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Museum Activities


Sun 14 January 2024

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What our Visitors Say

Lovely Saturday visiting for the first time in about 15 years! Still the same lovely buildings but now with a great cafe and gift shop attached. Excellent and knowledgeable staff - particularly Andrew who kept us entertained in the Saxon hut with his storytelling whilst we waited for the rain to pass.

Trip Advisor Review October 2023

Amazing place with friendly and knowledgeable staff. We ended up staying much longer than anticipated.

Trip Advisor review, September 2023

A thoroughly interesting day out, the volunteers and staff here are truly special, passionate about sharing their knowledge and ensuring visitors get the most out of their visit.
Plenty of places to stop and take a breather or have a picnic whilst admiring the wonderful views of the Sussex countryside, I loved the fact that the museum is dog friendly too.

Trip advisor review, July 2023

A truly perfect day. The Museum is always interesting and atmospheric with the variety of old buildings tucked away in a beautiful Downland setting - all sorts going on, lovely friendly staff and volunteers - even the other visitors were friendly and happy. As for the cafeteria - perfect! Delicious food. Cannot fault the place.

Visitor, Trip advisor, May 2023

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