Open 7 days a week
10am to 5pm (last entry 3pm)
Beamish is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England. The story of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian life is told by our costumed staff and volunteers in a unique living and working museum. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings have been dismantled, brought to Beamish and rebuilt here.
We recently added a selection of fantastic oil paintings from our collection to the BBC's Your Paintings website - click the image above to browse through some of our collections.
Beamish represents three main periods of the region's history.
Our staff work with real collections and demonstrate what life was like in the past. This allows you to experience what life would have been like first hand.
Beamish has been recreating the past for four decades and has preserved the region's heritage by collecting and reconstructing buildings. Click here to read more.
Beamish collects your stories and your past in photographs, recordings and objects, and uses such collections to create the things you see on site, as well as allowing you to look back and share your past with us and the region.
Beamish has an extensive photo archive, with images, paintings and more from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Times, plus lots from the 20th Century too.
Click here to visit the People's Collection website.