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.

Plan your visit today

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!


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

Dark Skies Crafts in the Creation Station

The creation station's fun drop-in and self-led activities are associated with exploring our dales skies' life and traditions. Make nocturnal animals, learn about the past and reflect on our stunning dark sky within the National Park. Included in museum admission.

Experiences in Music

A talk with distinguished conductor Stan Roocroft MBE. Stan is the conductor of the Wensleydale Chorus and Aysgarth Singers, as well as Hawes Silver Band. Part of the Friends of the Museum annual lecture programme. Free - donations welcome.

In your Words, Signs and Symbols

Inviting families to join us to consider all the ways in which we communicate with each other. As part of our dialect and heritage project, we are delivering this daylong drop in event, which will offer the opportunity to investigate phonetics, body language, sign language and symbols through a series of fun and participatory activities. This session is SEND friendly. Included in museum admission.
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