Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

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Beamish Museum

  • Phone: 0191 370 4000

Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Costumed Engagers bring to life The 1900s Town and Pit Village, complete with original drift mine. At The 1940s Farm and Pockerley Old Hall experience agricultural life in the region. The new 1950s Town is currently under development, with the 1950s welfare hall the first exhibit to open to visitors.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Winter Season: 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays and Fridays January to February half term Main Season: Open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm. Last admission 3pm.


Beamish Unlimited Passes are valid for 12 months from date of first visit. See Beamish's website for more details. Under 5s always free of charge. Discounted rates for prebooked parties of 15 or more and for pre-booked educational parties, see our website for prices.


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Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library with public access
  • Mail order service available
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

Our library and photographic archive are open to the public by appointment only - Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Braille information and/or interpretation
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Loan service
  • 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
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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