Children having fun at Dales Countryside Museum A view of the inside of Dales Countryside Museum DCM's Making and Mending gallery A demonstration of spinning at Dales Countryside Museum

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.

Our highlights include:

Stepping back in time to find out why creatures like rhinos, elephants and hippos once roamed the area.

Seeing amazing and precious objects such as our Bronze Age spearhead and Viking gold ring.

Following our Hidden Secrets QR code trail around the galleries and sculpture walk.

Crafty fun for kids of all ages in our 'Creation Station'. 

More than just displays 

As well as our galleries showcasing objects from the weird to the wonderful, we also have a programme of special exhibitions that offer something new to see and a range of exciting events and activities, giving you the chance to roll up your sleeves and try something different!

You can also find out all there is to do and places to stay in the Yorkshire Dales from the National Park Centre onsite.

For those wishing to delve deeper into the history of the Yorkshire Dales we have a well-resourced research room and can also offer wide-ranging educational services.

It's not just us that thinks we're great!

Since 2012 we have been awarded the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme mark. This is a quality assurance scheme, managed by VisitEngland, which ensures high quality experiences at tourist attractions.

Many of our visitors have also shared their thoughts with us about their time at the Museum - see them in the slideshow below.

Lovely exhibition of wild life. Very peaceful. (F.Walker)

"Lovely exhibition of wild life. Very peaceful. (F.Walker)"

I have enjoyed the craft day and making a pot.

"I have enjoyed the craft day and making a pot."

I love the train. Joseph, aged 7.

"I love the train. Joseph, aged 7."

I have loved this museum! I have learned that Yorkshire is old. Jack, aged 11.

"I have loved this museum! I have learned that Yorkshire is old. Jack, aged 11."

Lots to do, great fun for kids. From Finley and Ollie.

"Lots to do, great fun for kids. From Finley and Ollie."

I enjoyed the wildlife photography and the hide. Gem.

"I enjoyed the wildlife photography and the hide. Gem."

I really enjoyed all of it, especially the puppet show.

"I really enjoyed all of it, especially the puppet show."

I have enjoyed the train's craft area. It was really fun and I didn't want to leave. Katy, aged 13.

"I have enjoyed the train's craft area. It was really fun and I didn't want to leave. Katy, aged 13."