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

Drystone Walling Demonstration

Join our Dales Volunteers as they showcase the traditional craft of drystone walling and explain the construction of this iconic feature of the National Park landscape, from the foundations to the top stones. In 4 short drop in sessions they talk through the process of turning a pile of stones into something that will last for centuries. Included in museum admission.

Hands on History - Victorian Childhood

Let's get hands on with history! Themed craft activities for children. In this activity we will have a go at making traditional toys like a thaumatrope and a peg doll.

Textile Techniques

In the museums textile gallery there will be volunteers working on their own textile projects. Included in museum admission.
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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 . In a special corner of the Yorkshire Dales, there is deep gratitude and spiritual fulfilment to be found in the essential work of a Shepherdess. Documented in heartfelt photographs and personal words, this exhibition portrays the growing intimacy between a woman, her flock and her love affair with life on a small hill farm, and the intractable realities of this traditional existence.

Photographer Ian Lawson produced a book Shepherdess – One Woman Farm here



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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