We’re open!

The Dales Countryside Museum is open and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome you back. We have Covid-19 secure measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Our 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.

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Visitor Survey 2021

Thank you for visiting the Dales Countryside Museum.

We’d really appreciate it if you could complete our visitor survey by clicking on the link below.

We’re carrying out the survey to help us learn more about our audiences and how we can give them the best possible experience.

The survey should take around five minutes to complete. Anything you tell us will be kept confidential, is anonymous and will only be used for research purposes.

The information you provide will be held by Dales Countryside Museum and The Audience Agency, who are running the survey on our behalf.

You will be entered in a prize draw worth £30 of gift vouchers to spend in the shop or on the Yorkshire Dales Online Shop.

Thank you for your support!

#museumfromhome

Although we’re back open you can still enjoy the #museumfromhome, here is what we have got on offer.

Listen to our new podcast series ‘Voices From The Dales’ telling the stories of Dales folk and showcasing the rich accents of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.

Have some family fun with our Created for Kids activities, learn something new and browse Past Exhibitions.

Keep in touch with us on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Keep Safe

Upcoming events

Art Workshop - Old Hand knitters of the Dales

Join Artist Anji Timlin at the museum for 2 hour workshop using Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby's book 'Old Hand Knitters of the Dales' as inspiration to make a painting or drawing in ink in response to quotes from this inspiring book. This workshops is designed to create  a lovely fact file with drawings and information about a precious object. The current exhibition Love Tokens, Sittings And Song is about the collection of knitting sheaths held by the museum, donated by John Dixon. It's these beautiful objects that we’ll be looking at in the museum to make our fact files. You can bring your own materials if you like, I’d suggest coloured pencils, markers, inks or watercolour, but we will have some material  available. Workshops are free but with a £10 suggested donation. Online Workshop If you can’t make it to the Dales Museum in person, then join us on Zoom to make a personal fact file about a special object from your house. Pick something you love, grab some art materials and some paper and let's make a fact file about your precious object. Watch Anji at work in these 5 minute videos on our YouTube channel here: Anji Timlin workshop video - sketchbooking in Swaledale Anji Timlin workhop video - Anji working in the studio

Late-Night Christmas Shopping

Come and join us for a late-night Christmas shopping event at Hawes National Park Centre and the Dales Countryside Museum. Our shop features Distinctly Dales products created by local artists and producers which would make excellent Christmas gifts. Includes free entry to the museum.

Mother Christmas

Come and meet Mother Christmas who will have a gift for you in her grotto in the museum, write a letter to Santa and post it on our twinkly trail. Hot chocolate is included in the price and children's crafts will be available. £8 per child. Booking Essential.
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