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Beamish Museum

Beamish is unique. Objects aren’t locked away in glass cases, we offer a truly hands-on experience. Buildings from throughout the North East have been brought to Beamish and rebuilt and furnished as they once were. Costumed staff bring these exhibits to life, telling the story of North East England in the 1820s, early 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.

primary school pupils, a whole variety of curriculum themes can be explored:
history, local history and chronology, English, science, technology,
engineering, art and creativity. KS2 and KS3 students 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 undertake a self-guided visit to Beamish, usually split into smaller
groups of children. Some are following up a topic started in the classroom and
have specific themes they wish to explore during the visit; others use a visit
to introduce a new area of work.

are four main areas at Beamish:

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

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

Pit Village – learn about the way of life for a miner in The 1900s Pit Village.
Take a Victorian lesson in the school, find out about poor 12-year-old James
White and an accident in the coal mine, and discover how the miners’ safety
lamp works with an explosive demonstration!

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.

schools book one of the many educational activities on offer. These 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.



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,

School Trips

0191 370 4000

Opening Hours

Summer season – 10am to 5pm 

Winter season – 10am to 4pm


Please see website for details



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