Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Beamish Museum 1900s Town Street
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Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.
Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Costumed Engagers bring to life The 1900s Town and Pit Village, complete with original drift mine. At The 1940s Farm and Pockerley Old Hall experience agricultural life in the region. The new 1950s Town is currently under development, with the 1950s welfare hall the first exhibit to open to visitors.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Winter Season: 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays and Fridays January to February half term

Main Season: Open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.

Last admission 3pm.

Admission charges

Beamish Unlimited Passes are valid for 12 months from date of first visit. See Beamish's website for more details.

Under 5s always free of charge.

Discounted rates for prebooked parties of 15 or more and for pre-booked educational parties, see our website for prices.


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Our library and photographic archive are open to the public by appointment only - Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

Beamish, founded in 1970 to illustrate the development of industry, agriculture and the way of life in the North East of England, is situated in 300 acres of woodland and farmland. Home Farm, a fine 19th century model farmstead, and Pockerley Old Hall, with its medieval stronghouse dating to the 1400s, are both listed buildings preserved in situ. Other typical buildings brought together represent an early 1900s town, colliery village, farm and railway, linked by an electric tramway. The early 1800s period is represented by Pockerley Old Hall and an exhibit on early railways.

The Museum's collections are all Designated Collections of national importance and include a vast library and archive of books, periodicals, trade catalogues, photographs and oral history recordings.

Designated collections which are wide, varied and extensive, covering all aspects of life in North East England, including domestic life, farming & rural life, folk art, industrial and town life and transport.

Items from this collection

Collection details

Social History, Land Transport, Industry, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Victorian
  • Georgian
  • Railway
  • Town
  • Colliery
  • Farm
  • Manor House
  • Steam train
  • Rare breed
  • Freemason
  • Masonic Hall
  • Trams
  • School
  • Co-op
  • Designated Collection

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North
Beamish Museum




0191 370 4000


0191 370 4001

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