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Beamish Museum

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North offers unique educational experiences and is a fantastic location for inspiring learning. The museum offers a wide range of educational activities, from Early Years to GCSE and beyond.

Beamish is unique. Objects aren’t locked away in glass cases, the museum offers a truly hands-on experience. At Beamish, buildings collected from across the North East are filled with objects illustrating the region’s history. Costumed staff and volunteers bring these exhibits to life, to create a living, working museum that tells the story of everyday life in North East England in the 1820s, early 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.

The museum offers a range of learning activities to meet a whole variety of curriculum themes including history, local history and chronology, English, STEM, art and creativity. During a educational visit to Beamish Museum, pupils can develop their history, local history and chronology and cross-curricular knowledge, participating in a wide range of enquiry-based activities and becoming fully immersed in their learning.

Schools can also choose to undertake a self-guided visit to Beamish to introduce a new area of work to or to follow up a topic started in the classroom.

Beamish also offers schools and youth groups the opportunity to camp overnight at the museum! Spend two days discovering everything that the museum has to offer, enjoy delicious fish and chips from the museum’s very own Davy’s Fried Fish Shop, take an evening walk and enjoy games, songs and stories.

During a Visit to Beamish Museum, you can explore:

The 1820s Landscape – experience life in the Georgian era. Learn about Georgian medicine, early industrialisation and investigate the murder of Joe the Quilter.

1900s Town – discover what life was like in the early 1900s. Use your mathematical skills to turn earnings into a meal for a family of seven, take part in a Suffragette march and campaign for women’s right to vote, and find out why the Edwardians invested so much time in the taking of a photograph.

1900s Pit Village – learn about the way of life for a miner in The 1900s Pit Village.Take a Victorian lesson in the school, and discover how the miners’ safety lamp works with an explosive demonstration!

1940s Farm – be part of the Home Front at The 1940s Farm. Be an evacuee and learn about blackouts, air raid shelters, rationing and the Home Guard and discover what life was like during the Second World War.

1950s Welfare Hall – experience the excitement and community spirit of the 1950s in the welfare hall, the first building to open as part of the museum’s 1950s Town. Learn about toys and childhood in this fascinating decade.

All learning activities at Beamish Museum are delivered in period areas by experienced, costumed staff. Activities last between one and one-and-a-half hours and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups.

For more information about learning activities at Beamish Museum, visit



Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking


Cater for Educational Groups, Coach Parties Welcome, Conference Facilities, Groups Welcome, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Shop, Toilets,






Covid Review

0191 370 4000

Opening Hours

Summer season – 10am to 5pm 

Winter season – 10am to 4pm


Please see website for details


Beamish, DH9 0RG

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