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.
Black Country Living Museum Red by Night

Step inside the Industrial Revolution at Black Country Living Museum

  • 14 May 2016 7-10:30pm

As part of the European annual Museums at Night festival, the Museum will recreate industrial life with costumed demonstrators, skilled craftsmen and an authentic atmosphere. Witness a full scale replica of the world’s very first successful steam engine, the Newcomen, fire up. Hear the sound of hammers clang and see sparks fly as re-enactors use centuries-old techniques to forge chains, nails and brass. There will also be a selection of Black Country entertainment across the site as Black Country bards provide visitors with a host of poetry, music and stories.

Step inside period houses and shops and discover how Black Country folk lived in what Queen Victoria once described as both “desolate” and “extraordinary”. Stroll through the Museum’s cobbled streets and among the back to backs and watch as theatre brings their stories to life before your eyes.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Half the usual admission price:

Adult :£8.45

Child (3-16): £4.20

Event takes place from 7pm - 10.30pm


Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road
West Midlands County




0121 557 9643

Booking Office

0121 520 8054


0121 557 4242

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