Temporary Closure

The Dales Countryside Museum is temporarily closed, following government advice, but we are looking forward to reopening in line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 

We hope that the shop will open from Monday 12 April 2021 and the Museum from Monday 17 May 2021, but we will not be releasing any tickets until we can confirm these dates. We will post updates on our website.


We may now be closed but you can still enjoy the #museumfromhome, here is what we have got on offer.

Listen to our new podcast series ‘Voices From The Dales’ telling the stories of Dales folk and showcasing the rich accents of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.

Have some family fun with our Created for Kids activities, learn something new and browse Past Exhibitions.

Keep in touch with us on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Keep Safe


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.

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What’s on

Upcoming Events

We have temporarily removed our events listings from this website. They will return when the time is right. We will continue to review and update.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

We are proud to host many fascinating and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout the year in our John Richard Baker Exhibition Hall.

See upcoming exhibitions