Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum costumed characters and car on period street.
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Covering 26 acres of former industrial land, Black Country Living Museum is uniquely placed to tell the story of the creation of the world’s first industrial landscape.

Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers bought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns. Explore the underground mine and experience the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the past.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Heritage site

Opening hours

2015 opening hours
Wed 14 Jan - Fri 13 Feb open Wed - Sun, 10.00am - 4.00pm
February Half Term - Sat 14 - Sun 22 Feb open all week 10.00am - 4.00pm
Mon 23 Feb - Sun 22 Mar open Wed - Sun, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Mon 23 Mar - Sun 1 Nov open Daily, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Mon 2 Nov - Sun 20 Dec open Wed - Sun, 10.00am - 4.00pm

Christmas Opening Hours 2015
Mon 21 - Thu 24 Dec open Daily, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Fri 25 & Sat 26 Dec closed
Sun 27 - Tue 29 Dec open Daily, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Wed 30 Dec - Tue 12 Jan 2016 closed

Admission charges

Adults £16.50 (online) £15.50
Concessions* £13.20 (online) £12.20
Young people (5-16 years) £8.25 (online) £7.25
Children aged 0-4 Free
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 young people) £47.00 (online) £34.00
Small Family ticket (1 adult plus up to 3 young people) £45.00 (online) £32.00
Carer £8.25 (online) £7.25
Car parking £3.00


  • 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.

Christmas in the Home

  • 5 — 6 December 2015
  • 19 — 20 December 2015

Witness some festive domestic bliss in the Museum’s ‘Christmas in the Home’ seasonal activities. The period houses and cottages will each be running their own activities and demonstrations, taking visitors back to the sights, sounds and smells of a magical Christmas past for their Christmas in the Home weekends.

Step inside period cottages and houses and help costumed characters create a host of fabulous festive recipes from the one and only Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. All the family can get involved to help stir the sixpence into the Christmas pudding in the Museum’s historic kitchens. Head on over to the Canalside Village where you’ll find mince pies being made in the back to backs as well as gingerbread men being made over a 1920s cast iron range.

There will be plenty of traditional activities to get hands on with too. Why not help out the costumed characters with some ‘make do and mend’ Christmas decorations? Or you could craft and take away your very own spiced orange pomander to fill your home with the traditional smells of Christmas.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission price applies and no pre-booking is required.


Carols by Candlelight

  • 13 December 2015

Join the Friends of the Museum as they bring the 1837 Darby Hand Chapel to life for a traditional candlelit carol service conjuring up all the atmosphere of Christmas past.

Starting at 2.30pm the service takes place in the Museum's historic Darby Hand Chapel and includes a traditional carol service.

For this activity, there is a limited amount of seating and places will need to be pre-booked by calling Alan Carter on 01902 670402.*

* the service is free of charge, tickets grant access to the Museum after 1.30pm on service day only. Should you wish to visit the Museum prior to the service, the usual Museum admission prices apply.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road
West Midlands County




0121 557 9643

Booking Office

0121 520 8054


0121 557 4242

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