Open Stores

Step “behind the scenes” into the Open Store and see some fascinating objects stored in our collections

Beamish Unlimited

UPDATE: Following the announcement of Tier 3 restrictions for the North East, we’ll be reopening our GROUNDS ONLY for festive visits from Saturday, 5th December.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to open our exhibits and run our transport (except our wheelchair accessible bus). Click here for our Visitor Information Guide, including map.

Timeslot tickets are available to book online for visits to Beamish from 5th to 18th December (museum open Wed-Sun, 10am to 4pm, closed Mon and Tues). The government is due to review the tier system by mid-December and we’ll keep everyone updated about tickets for later in December.

To book your timeslot please click here.

Step “behind the scenes” into the Open Stores which feature fascinating objects from our collections.

Beamish’s collections have been built up over several decades, starting in the late 1950s, with the museum’s founder Frank Atkinson’s policy of “unselective collecting” – “you offer it, we’ll collect it”.

People from across the North East – and further afield – have donated objects which help us tell the story of everyday life in the region.

Visitors can step “behind the scenes” into the Open Stores in the Regional Resource Centre and see these fascinating objects in our collections. The Open Stores contain items from a range of eras, which spark memories and discussions between the generations of visitors we welcome every day.

Unlike most museums however, our collection, including domestic, rural, transport and industrial objects, aren’t just kept in glass cases, they are already in use and on display around the museum.

Beamish also has about two million photographs, 60,000 books, 10,000 trade catalogues, 30,000 periodicals and thousands of items of ephemera, such as documents, cards, family and business records.