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.
J. Monahan from London WC1
R. & J. Machling from Castel Douglas, Scotland
Mrs Shephard from New South Wales Australia
Wolfgang Stover from Hamburg
Bass Family from Essex
Ravi Hardy from Hardraw, Wensleydale
Anne and Ken from Easingwold, York
, Lesli from Martha's Vineyard, USA
, Joe and Ann from Tamworth, Staffordshire
, Helen and Naylor from Queenstown, New Zealand
, Margaret from Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire
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!