About Beamish Museum
The lively open air museum at Beamish 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 multiple 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 periods.
One of the most engaging aspects of the museum is the fact that it is a ‘living museum’. This allows visitors to get stuck in and actively involved, with a variety of different aspects to experience. To name but a few, there are chances to wander around reconstructed school buildings, streets and even a drift mine, the opportunity to try some wholesome baked goods from the traditional home farm and even grab a ride on some historical transport – the tram of Beamish offering a full tour of the museum.
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. Fun for all the family, Beamish makes for a great day out – mixing history with entertainment in a well-fused way.
Contributed by Victoria Haughton