Beamish Museum

Beamish is a world famous open air museum. We tell the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.

Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside. With so many things to see, Beamish is a wonderful day out for people of all ages.

Most of the houses, shops and other buildings you see here have been brought to Beamish, rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Some, such as Home Farm, Pockerley Old Hall and the drift mine, were here already.

You won't find objects displayed in glass cases at Beamish, you'll see them in their original context. What's more, you will meet our costumed staff who are proud of their heritage and happy to share their knowledge with visitors.

If you don’t fancy walking, there are vintage trams and buses, including our Access Bus, to make travelling around the museum easier, and even more exciting!

Exhibitions and events

May Day Celebrations at Beamish Museum

Event on 06.05.2018 10:00

The May Day King and Queen will be crowned, plus there will be music, Maypole dancing and crafts. Visitors can have a go at traditional Maypole dancing throughout the day in The Pit Village, with...

Empire and Flag Days at Beamish Museum

Event on 19.05.2018 10:00

Empire Day was first celebrated in 1902, following the end of the Boer War. Traditionally held on 24th May on the birthday of Queen Victoria – it was intended to encourage people, especially...

Georgian Fair at Beamish Museum

Event on 31.05.2018 10:00

Experience a fair like no other as The Squire of Pockerley sets about hiring his staff for the coming months! Here’s just some of the many things on offer at the fair; Be amazed by the Georgian...

Sunday School Anniversary

Event on 10.06.2018 10:00

Join The Pit Village folk as they celebrate their Sunday School Anniversary, a big event for the community, when children wearing their finery would have taken part in a service before gathering for...

Old King Coal at Beamish Museum

Event on 27.06.2018 10:00

From banner parades to brass bands and everything in between, this event will celebrate the rich mining history of the North East. Suitable for Any age Admission Tickets can be purchased online or...

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