Amberley is a thirty-six acre open air museum set in the midst of the beautiful South Downs in West Sussex. It is next to Amberley railway station in the Arun River valley, not far from the historic town of Arundel. With its historic buildings, working exhibits and demonstrations the Museum aims to show how science, technology and industry have affected peoples' lives. Amberley Museum was established in 1979 to preserve the rapidly disappearing industrial history of the south east. Since that time the museum has developed into a major education and research centre, as well as providing an interesting and educational day out. Today the museum houses a number of important collections, supported by libraries and archives. The museum is also home to several self-employed craftspeople who earn their living while demonstrating their craft to our visitors. Every day craftsmen are working, other demonstrations take place and exhibits are in operation. The vintage bus and narrow gauge railway take visitors around the site.
The season runs from February though till October. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm). Open every day during West Sussex school holidays, and every Bank Holiday during the open season. Special events run most weekends throughout the year, also our Christmas weekends in December.
Adult: £14.00 Over 60: £13.00 Child: £8.00 (under 4's go FREE) One carer Free per disabled visitor.
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Facilities and services
- Baby changing facilities
- Education facilities available
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Library with public access
- Meeting room available
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Parking for disabled available
- Research facilities for academics
- Study facilities
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to all public areas
- Wheelchairs available for loan
Disabled access: All exhibit areas are accessible for wheelchairs, with exceptions being the nature trails. We have a purpose built railway coach for wheelchair users. There are disabled toilet facilities and we can also provide a large text guide sheet on request. Education: Amberley as learning experience has so much to offer across the curriculum and the key stages particularly in Science, Technology, History and Geography. It is an ideal setting that enables children to appreciate the natural downland environment and the influences man and technology have had on it. Transport played and an important and vital role in the history of the site and continues to do so today. The Museum is easily accessible by road, rail and even river. The Education team can help plan the visit to meet the needs of the children and the curriculum.
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
- General guide to collections available
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
- Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
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