The Black Country Living Museum

The story of the Black Country is distinctive because of the scale, drama, intensity and multiplicity of the industrial might that was unleashed. It first emerged in the 1830s, creating the first industrial landscape anywhere in the world. It is this that we rejoice in and want to share with you.

Our award-winning corner of the West Midlands is now one of the finest and largest open-air museums in the United Kingdom. After very humble beginnings, a bright idea and 40 years of inspiration, this is twenty six acres worth exploring. Amazing as it may seem, we have created a ‘place’ – a real and lively place, where once there was nothing and nobody. With a village and charismatic residents to chat with. Trams to ride. Games to play. Things being made. Stories to hear. People - their triumphs to admire and troubles to be thankful that are not ours. Time to be well spent.

If you are old enough, you may just be looking for nostalgia and that is fine. But equally, we believe that history shouldn’t be seen as a safe haven in a fast changing and challenging world, but a catalyst for thinking and reflection about our own lives.

We hope you have a fabulous and thought-provoking time.

Exhibitions and events

The Impact of Steam on Modern Civilisation

Event on 10.03.2018 10:00

As part of the BBC’s Civilisations Festival, we’ll be exploring the impact of steam on modern civilisation, particularly the invention of the Newcomen Atmospheric Steam Engine which was invented by...

Red by Night

Event on 19.05.2018 18:30

Experience the industrial might of the Black Country at Red by Night as skilled craftsmen and live demonstrations bring the reality of ‘black by day, red by night’ to life. Part of the European...

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