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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

Free Young Archaeologists’ Club Taster Sessions

The Dales Countryside Museum is home to the Yorkshire Dales branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. The YAC is the only UK-wide club for young people (from ages 8 to 17) who are interested in archaeology. Our sessions vary from learning about at archaeological methods, having a go at history themed crafts or visiting historical sites and archaeological digs. If you know a young person who is interested please come along to one of our sessions to experience it for yourselves. Booking essential. Free.  

Free Young Archaeologists’ Club Taster Sessions

The Dales Countryside Museum is home to the Yorkshire Dales branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club. The YAC is the only UK-wide club for young people (from ages 8 to 17) who are interested in archaeology. Our sessions vary from learning about at archaeological methods, having a go at history themed crafts or visiting historical sites and archaeological digs. If you know a young person who is interested please come along to one of our sessions to experience it for yourselves. Booking essential. Free.

A Taste in Time Experience with Butter

A great experience to learn about the traditional techniques of butter making based on the recipes and objects from the museum's collection. Have a go at making butter using original equipment and make scones from buttermilk to eat with your handmade butter. Plus a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery, to see how dairy products are made now in the Yorkshire Dales and taste the different varieties. Lunch is included, provided by the Firebox cafe. Booking essential.
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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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