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.

It’s not just us that thinks we’re great!

Since 2012 we have been awarded the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme mark. This is a quality assurance scheme, managed by VisitEngland, which ensures high quality experiences at tourist attractions.

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 supporting the Get Kids Out Learning campaign this summer.


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

Rugmaking Workshop

rug MakingA full day workshop with internationally renowned rug maker Heather Ritchie. Materials and lunch included. Learn the basics to enable you to create a unique piece for your home. 10 places available. Adults £50.


From A-Z, a story of West Burton

A talk by Sally Stone about her account of West Burton school. Part of the Friends of the Museum annual lecture programme. Free – Donations Welcome.


What does a ranger do?

Hawes FootpathMeet a Yorkshire Dales National Park Ranger for an illustrated talk about what the ranger service does to keep the Yorkshire Dales a special place. Included in museum admission.


More events



Follow the creation of the stunning Semerwater Spear installation in 2016 and David Murphy’s response to the prehistory collections and Bronze Age spearhead displayed at the museum.


Lucy Pittaway

Peaceful SolitudeUp and coming artist of the year (2016), Lucy shares her love of nature and landscape through her striking use of pastel.





Voices from the Land

HaytimeThis 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.


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