COVID-19 Update

The Dales Countryside Museum is closed until further notice.

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

Hands-on History - Victorian Childhood (Cancelled)

This event is cancelled. 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 peg dolls. Included in museum admission.

Free Young Archaeologists’ Club Taster Sessions (Cancelled)

This event is cancelled

Meet the Maker at Hawes National Park Centre (Cancelled)

This event is cancelled. Come along to Hawes National Park Centre to meet a local producer, have a chat with them and view their wares.
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Teeswater Year – Farm • Fleece • Fashion

28 February to 22 April 2020

This exhibition features the work of Nidderdale based photographer Melissa Peakman and feltmaker Yvonne Le Mare. Melissa documented Teeswater Sheep and their breeders over 12 months, in fields, barns and show rings. Her often gritty images contrast with Yvonne’s beautifully crafted, colourful feltwork, which transforms humble fleece and locks into sophisticated, stylish textiles. The Teeswater fleeces used by Yvonne are from Andrew Fisher, of Low Laithe.


Reflections on Landscape

29 April to 06 July 2020

This is the second joint show of artists Beverley and Peter Hicks who each address the environment in different ways. Beverley reflects the stunning landscape of Malhamdale through her characteristic use of hieroglyphic mark making. Peter continues to discover its visual secrets, paring away specific things to work with the basic forces of his subject, its moods, light, rhythms and atmosphere.


View from the fells – In the Footsteps of Marie Hartley

10 July to 09 November 2020

Artist Hester Cox printed 127 wood engraving blocks created by and bequeathed to the museum by historian, artist and Museum founder, Marie Hartley. She then spent a year researching Marie’s life and work, visiting the places written about in three of Marie’s books; Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale. Hester has created new work; collagraphs, monotypes and linocut prints inspired by Marie and the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.

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