On advertised Fridays there will be special late night openings until 8pm, with short talks and tours by the curator.
The Swaledale Museum is an independent Museum run by volunteers with the aims of collecting, displaying and making publicly accessible the local heritage of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.
Housed in the Methodist Day School built in 1836 the lively displays and hands-on exhibits explain the development of the area from its geological foundations, via early human occupation in the Iron Age, to the growth and decline of lead mining between the 1650s and1950s. You can learn how the stone walls were built, how local crafts flourished, and how people lived.
The Museum is set amidst spectacular scenery in the centre of the busy village of Reeth, the gateway to the most northern Dales. With beautiful walks, good eating and plenty to do, you can even stay with us in our Museum Cottage, an historic building fully modernised, for self-catering weekends, part and whole weeks and longer.
‘Have come here before and LOVE it. Only museum I like. Keep going’
‘What a treasure! Thank you for all the excellent (large print) signage’
‘Delightful little museum - full of interest & well laid out’
‘A fantastic summary of life here’
‘So very good - tremendous display. Curator so helpful’
‘Probably the best small local museum I have been to. Brilliant constantly interesting and surprising’
‘An excellent collection of things NOT to be forgotten’
‘Came to see the Bothroyd Clock made by my Great Great Grandfather’
‘Best personal museum I’ve been to, look forward to next year’
‘I could spend hours here!’
‘Lovely re-use of old building. Just the right size, potted history of the dales, don’t lose it!’
There is an entry charge to the Museum which helps us stay open and active:
£3 for adults
Children 12 or under and accompanied by an adult FREE.
- PREHISTORIC LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGY
- LEAD MINING (and coal & chert quarrying)
- TOOLS & TRADES (masons, wallers, joiners, blacksmiths, clogmakers & tinsmiths)
- FARMING (Hay,Sheep & Cows)
- THE DALES KITCHEN
- SHOPS & SHOPPING in the Dales
- VERNACULAR BUILDING
- MUSIC & METHODISM
- LOCAL CRAFTS (from crochet to quilts)
- ARCHIVE & LIBRARY specialising in LOCAL & FAMILY HISTORY
- SHOP & CAFE and lots more!