The museum is closed throughout January 2018.

Due to reopen on the 1st February 2018.

Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years.

With loads of fun and interesting things for visitors of all ages to see and do, the Museum offers the chance to discover what is so unique about the Yorkshire Dales and make your visit to the area really special.



Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years.

Our highlights include:

Dales Countryside Museum is in the former Victorian railway station at Hawes. See our loco, climb aboard the carriages and get crafty in our Creation Station – there are loads of things to do all round the Museum.

Step back in time and wonder at beautifully crafted objects like our Bronze Age spearhead and gold Viking ring.

Have fun on our outdoor trail – take a woodland wander, see how many animals you can find and invent your own stories in our special storytelling chair!

More than just displays

As well as our galleries showcasing objects from the weird to the wonderful, we also have a programme of special exhibitions that offer something new to see and a range of exciting events and activities, giving you the chance to roll up your sleeves and try something different!

You can also find out all there is to do and places to stay in the Yorkshire Dales from the National Park Centre onsite.

At the Firebox café, refuel, recharge and relax so you can make the most of your visit to the Museum and Hawes!

Browse our shop for Distinctly Dales products created by local artists and makers as well as maps, books and all you need for your trip to the Yorkshire Dales.

Dales connections? Dip into your family history in our Research Room – expert help is on hand on Mondays and Wednesdays.

What’s on


Our packed events programme includes a wide range of different activities, from guided walks around Hawes to exciting educational activities in and around the Museum. As well as general Museum events, it includes events organised by the Friends of DCM and events linked to our project work.


We are proud to host many fascinating and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout the year in our John Richard Baker Exhibition Hall. This superb space is named after the former National Park Officer whose memory inspired the famous Alternative Women’s Institute Calendar and the popular film, Calendar Girls. Exhibitions within this space are included with the admission ticket to the Museum.

Upcoming events

Planetarium – An Indoor Adventure to the Stars

Dark SkiesCosmos Planetarium is an indoor, state of the art, fully digital, 360° immersive multi-media theatre experience.
Shows last approximately 30 minutes and include a virtual tour of the night sky where we could go thousands of years into the past or future. We could see all 88 constellations in the northern and southern hemisphere skies, including the wonderful ancient Greek and Roman constellation artwork. (more…)

Star Baker

Dark SkiesIntergalactic biscuit decorating! Create your own edible planets, moons and galaxies representing the fabulous dark skies of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. (more…)

Starry Night Feltmaking

Dark SkiesStarry night feltmaking – take home your very own cosmic felt picture. Family drop-in event. (more…)

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Voices from the Land

01 February to 26 March (except 8 March)

This exhibition of photographs, audio recordings and writing shares the lives and practices of Dales farmers today. What does it take to work this harsh land? What has changed in the last 50 years and how does the future look? The work has been collected over ten months on farms and at shows and sales by Rob and Harriet Fraser and a team of volunteers. It will be displayed alongside items from the Museum’s collection.


Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales: A Celebration

01 April to 03 July (except 20-22 April)

Celebrating 50 years since the original publication of this important work that captured the last days of a disappearing way of life. We share the background to the book by iconic Dales authors Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby – who with their foresight and passion for collecting, founded the Museum in 1979. Original notes, photographs, sketches and artefacts give a glimpse into the everyday lives of Dales people.

Twenty Years of the Calendar Girls

06 July to 30 September

The fundraising phenomenon of the Calendar Girls was inspired by the tragic death of Angela Baker’s husband John, an Assistant National Park Officer for the National Park Authority. During his illness, Angela’s friends began to raise money by creating an alternative WI calendar. Follow their story.

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