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.


Upcoming events

A Life in Music

A talk with distinguished  conductor Stan Roocroft MBE about his life in music. Stan is the conductor of the Wensleydale Chorus, Aysgarth Singers, as well as Hawes Silver Band. Part of the Friends of the Museum annual lecture programme. Free - donations welcome.

Dark Skies - Open room for Dark Skies Crafts

Our craft room will be open for the children to come along and create beautiful Dark Skies crafts, art work and master pieces. Included in museum admission.

Dark Skies 2019 - glow in the Dark Crafts

This event is to give the children an opportunity to make different weaved crafts using reflective and glow in the dark materials. The children will weave a space mat and create a galaxy to take home. Included in museum admission.  
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Colour and Comfort – a collaborative exhibition with the Quilters Guild exploring rural quilts and quilting

01 February to 08 May

An exhibition 19th and 20th century rural quilts and quilted clothing from the Yorkshire Dales, (more…)

Shepherdess – One Woman Farm

22 May to 08 September

A tough and tender portrait of a ‘true-to-life’, born and bred shepherdess, Alison O’Neill. (more…)

Dairy Days

12 September to 31 December

Dairying has been at the heart of the Wensleydale economy since records began and still thrives today. (more…)

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