Black Country Living Museum

Come and join Black Country Living Museum staff and historical demonstrators where we will have an array of activities, promoting heritage skills of the Black Country. Our historical demonstrators will be on hand offering a range of exciting, hands-on learning experiences for everyone. Why not create, a colourful rag rug sample or explore traditional painting techniques used in Canal Art throughout the weekend?

Street games are a must – families can discover the delights of playtime in the last century including hopscotch and skipping. Test your skill with a cup and ball and the whip and top or take up the challenge to see how long you can keep the hoop rolling in the hoop and stick game.

And don’t forget to pick up your free competition slip for your chance to win a family ticket to the Black Country Living Museum.

Join in 300 years of history across our 26 acre open-air Museum and experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Black Country’s past.

One of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK, the Museum immerses visitors into the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past. Explore original period shops and houses and meet the Museum’s costumed characters along the way – they’ll explain what it was like to live and work in one of the world’s most heavily industrialised landscapes.

You’ll uncover the industrial past of the Black Country as you descend on foot ‘into the thick’ of underground drift mine and face the harsh reality of a coal miner’s life in the mid-nineteenth century. You’ll also see sparks fly as our chain maker forges a link of one of the main exports in the region during the industrial revolution. See the impact the Black Country had on the world as you step inside a full scale working replica of the world’s very first working steam engine – the Newcomen, made in 1712.

Ride a bus or take a tram down to the Museum’s Canalside village. Explore the past as you step inside the shops and houses that were once in the Black Country. Discover weird and wonderful treatments of the past in Emile Doo’s Chemist; indulge yourself in our Victorian sweet shop; test your times tables in our school or watch a film in our 1930s Lime Light Cinema. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bag of our traditionally cooked fish and chips or quench your thirst in the Bottle & Glass Inn where a warm welcome awaits.