an award-winning open-air museum

Welcome to bclm

Join in with 300 Years of History

See history brought to life and discover the story of the Black Country at our open-air living museum. Meet our historic characters who’ll show you what it was like to live and work in one of the first industrialised landscapes in Britain as you explore 26 acres of reconstructed shops, pubs and houses.

There’s plenty for all the family to see and do here. From watching live demonstrations, taking part in old fashioned street games, to visiting our vintage cinema and enjoying our traditional fish and chips, there’s something for everyone at Black Country Living Museum. 

Our latest events

12 February 2022 10:30

Love in the Black Country explores items in our Museums collection that share stories of love and courtship. Our collection includes: handwritten love letters, wedding attire to sweetheart pin...

12 February 2022 14:00

Love in the Black Country explores items in our Museums collection that share stories of love and courtship. Our collection includes: handwritten love letters, wedding attire to sweetheart pin...

24 February 2022 18:30

For the first time join us for an exclusive talk with the Black Country Living Museum's CEO, Andrew Lovett MBE, and Chair to the Trustees, Dr Paul Belford. After an unprecedented two years for...

24 February 2022 19:00

Pranks and Punishment: exploring school (mis)behaviour in Black Country schools, 1870 - 1988 Thursday 24 Feb, 7pm - 8:30pm - free online event (via zoom) Dr Elizabeth J Done (University of...

12 March 2022 10:30

Celebrating International Women’s Day, this tour highlights stories about women who fought for equality. Discover how Mary Macarthur of Cradley Heath focussed the world’s attention on the...

12 March 2022 14:00

Celebrating International Women’s Day, this tour highlights stories about women who fought for equality. Discover how Mary Macarthur of Cradley Heath focussed the world’s attention on the...

9 April 2022 10:00

Come and delve into the history of traditional sweet making. The making of sweets was a simple and inexpensive business, where sugar and glucose were boiled in large copper pans. You’ll...

12 April 2022 12:30

Come and join our Maker’s Club and learn some new skills. This club is designed for those aged 8 -15, excited about making things, solving problems and keen to meet new friends....

13 April 2022 12:30

Come and join our holiday club and dig deeper into your heritage. Take part in a range of themed activities exploring the past, including undertaking research, taking part in traditional crafts,...

19 April 2022 12:30

Come and join our Maker’s Club and learn some new skills. This club is designed for those aged 8 -15, excited about making things, solving problems and keen to meet new friends....

20 April 2022 12:30

Come and join our holiday club and dig deeper into your heritage. Take part in a range of themed activities exploring the past, including undertaking research, taking part in traditional crafts,...

31 May 2022 12:30

Come and join our Maker’s Club and learn some new skills. This club is designed for those aged 8 -15, excited about making things, solving problems and keen to meet new friends....

1 June 2022 12:30

Come and join our holiday club and dig deeper into your heritage. Take part in a range of themed activities exploring the past, including undertaking research, taking part in traditional crafts,...

coming soon...

There are currently no special events available to book – please see below for previews of upcoming events.

If you are looking for general admission tickets, follow our “book now” link at the top of this page.

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Our living museum wouldn’t exist without our generous donors and members.

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Learning at BCLM

We help bring the curriculum to life with memorable learning experiences.

Find out more about our unique educational packages tailored to each key stage.

Online gift shop

Choose from a range of Black Country-inspired gifts as a treat for yourself, friends, and family.

learn how steam power, human ingenuity and an increasingly interconnected world transformed this region into a manufacturing powerhouse

Black Country Living Museum