Welcome

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.

Temporary closure – 02 and 03 October, 2019

Due to construction work in relation to the replacement of the atrium roof, the Dales Countryside Museum will be closed to the public for two days on the 02 and 03 October, 2019.

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you will be able to visit us on an alternative day.

Thank you for your understanding.

Upcoming events

Melmerby Griff Mill

Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Dales Countryside Museum followed by a talk by Tony Keates on the  history of Melmerby Griff Mill.   Free - donations welcome.

Dairy Days - A Taste in Time

Pop in and see Curriculum Kitchen's Jane Sammells as she talks about how cheese and butter were made at home in a traditional Yorkshire Dales` farmhouse. Learn the difference between rennet and whey and see a demonstration of butter making. Part of the Dairy Days Project celebrating Wensleydale's Dairying Heritage. Included in museum admission. The Dairy Days Project aims to record, research and share Wensleydale’s dairying heritage. It is run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority with a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out more on the project blog https://blog.yorkshiredales.org.uk/dairy-days/

Dairy Days - A Taste in Time

Pop in and see Curriculum Kitchen's Jane Sammells as she talks about how cheese and butter were made at home in a traditional Yorkshire Dales` farmhouse. Learn the difference between rennet and whey and see a demonstration of butter making. Part of the Dairy Days Project celebrating Wensleydale's Dairying Heritage. Included in museum admission. The Dairy Days Project aims to record, research and share Wensleydale’s dairying heritage. It is run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority with a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out more on the project blog https://blog.yorkshiredales.org.uk/dairy-days/
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Exhibitions

Dairy Days

12 September to 31 December

Dairying has been at the heart of the Wensleydale economy since records began and still thrives today.This exhibition is the culmination of a two year project to research and share the story of this unbroken thread. The local community has shared personal stories and collections helping to bring the wonderful historic dairying artefacts and archive photographs in the Museum collection to life. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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