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.

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Make a Curlew Chick

Join Jane for this fun, family activity afternoon session and make a Curlew chick. Included in museum admission No booking required

Hands on History - Willow Weaving

Join Liz as we look at the history of weaving plant materials and make a small woven willow decoration. Included in museum admission.  

Archaeology talk- Overground/Underground – a caving archaeology project in the Yorkshire Dales

Join cave archaeologists from UCLAN and the YDNP Historic environment Team to understand more about who might have inhabited the caves in and around Ingleborough as part of the Foundation for Common Land: Our Upland Commons Project. Finds from within the caves help us understand life in the area in prehistoric times, including human and animal bones and stone tools, alongside new scientific analysis that helps us understand the environment and how people lived. Detailed survey of the landscape around the caves also shows us a wealth of new evidence about past life on Ingleborough Commons. Why not visit the exhibits on display as part of the OCC exhibition excavated from the local area. No booking required.    
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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!