Welcome to the Dales Countryside Museum

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.

Please note we will be closed on Wednesday 29th November – we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Plan your visit today

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children looking and smiling at fossils in a cabinet

Upcoming events

Dark Skies Crafting Fun

Dark Skies crafting fun with Jane Included in the museum admission price. A drop in activity Dark Skies Festival Logo

Beginners Guide to the Night Sky and Rocket Making

Take a journey through the Cosmos with stargazing expert Richard Darn. From spotting ancient constellations to finding galaxies, this is a fun, practical session to take your astro knowledge on to a new level! You will even get the chance to handle space rocks over four billion years old! If the sun is out we'll even have a go at safe solar observing. With a chance to make and launch your own rocket and 10% off a Dark Skies themed menu at the Firebox cafe, this is great for kids over 6 and adults! Included in museum admission     Dark Skies Festival Logo

Bike ride and pizza planet making

Join us for our Dark Skies Bike ride and pizza planet making afternoon event.   Please book via Stage1Cycles  
More events

Visitor Survey 2023

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!