About Beamish Museum
The lively and fascinating open air museum at Beamish in County Durham brings to life the industrial revolution in northern England and allows for a real hands-on approach to history.
Within the Beamish complex there are lots of areas to explore. The museum tracks how life in the north of England changed during the industrial revolution and focuses on how the region was transformed through each of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian ages.
One of the most engaging aspects of the museum is that it’s a ’living museum’. This allows visitors to get stuck in and actively involved, including wandering around reconstructed school buildings, streets and even a 1900s colliery, the opportunity to try some wholesome baked goods from the traditional home farm and even grab a ride on stunningly restored original trams.
Discover how families lived before WWI as well as finding out what life was like at home during WWII, see what’s cooking in the pit cottages and even dress up in Edwardian costumes!
There are several seasonal activities available as well, with special events taking place throughout the year. Throughout the rest of the year there are a variety of fairs and exhibits to enjoy, such as the steam fair and electric transport exhibition. Mixing history with plenty of fun, Beamish is a great day out for all the family.