Black Country Living Museum

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Join in with 300 years of history like no other at one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK. Black Country Living Museum immerses visitors into the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of its region’s past.

Ride a bus or take a tram down to the Museum’s Canalside village to explore original period shops and houses, meet costumed characters along the way - they’ll explain what it was like to live and work in one of the world’s most heavily industrialised landscapes.

Discover the past as you descend ‘into the thick’ of the underground mine; see sparks fly as our chain maker forges a link; test your times tables in our school or watch a silent film in our 1930s cinema. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bag of our traditionally cooked fish and chips or quench your thirst in the Bottle & Glass Inn where a warm welcome awaits.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Heritage site

Opening hours

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Admission charges

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  • Museums Association

Additional info

Disabled access vehicle available on site

Since 1976 the museum has operated from an open air site near Dudley. The museum has specialised in relocating characteristic buildings from the Black Country area to this site. The museum's collections now total almost 40,000 items, ranging from the buildings through to large machines and vehicles, tools and domestic items, and an archive of photographs, books and ephemera. In 2003 the Black Country Living Museum acquired the site and collections of the Lock Museum (now Locksmith's House) in Willenhall.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Inland Waterways, Industry, Land Transport, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Historic buildings
  • Sunbeam vehicles
  • Newcomen engine
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Photo of family viewing our Colliery Winding Engine

The Impact of Steam on Modern Civilisation

  • 10 March 2018 10am-4pm

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 Thomas Newcomen in 1712 and of which we have a replica at Black Country Living Museum.

Take part in our family steam trail; meet Mr Newcomen himself in our atmospheric steam engine; find out about the Museum’s rare steam car and get involved in our ‘under pressure’ activity.

Plus, at 2pm, Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust staff will be exploring the origins of the science of geology through a series of 360 virtual reality experiences to places usually inaccessible to visitors deep underground and in our local area. Each digital experience will be followed by a physical exploration of a range of handling objects, including rocks and fossils. Learn the story of the early geologists and how their visits to Dudley's caverns shaped how we understand the world's geological history.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £17.95
Concessions* £14.95
Young people (3-16 years) £8.95
Children aged 0-2 Free
Pay for one day, visit for 12 months*
All full-priced tickets (including those purchased online) are valid for 12 months* from your first visit to the Museum for an unlimited number of visits and include daytime events and activities. *Terms & Conditions apply.


Photo of chainmaking sparks

Red by Night

  • 19 May 2018 6:30pm-10am

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 annual Museums at Night Festival, the Museum will celebrate the regions rich industrial heritage in this one off event.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults: £8.95
Young Person (3-16): £4.50
Essential Carer: £4.50


Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road
West Midlands County




0121 557 9643

Booking Office

0121 520 8054


0121 557 4242

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