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.

Iron Age Trackways to Motor Ways

An illustrated talk by Graham Hooley from Lunesdale Archaeology Society about the Iron Age settlement in the Lune Gorge. Part of the Friends of the Museum annual lecture programme. Free - donations welcome.

Hands-on History - Victorian Childhood

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.
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Dairy Days Exhibition

12 September 2019 to 23 February 2020

(excluding Christmas and mid week days in January)

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. Weekends only 10am to 4pm in January. 10am to 5pm, February to October.

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.

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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.

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