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Join in with 300 years of history

Experience sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Black Country as you explore shops, houses and industrial workshops rebuilt in our canalside village.

From the Industrial Revolution to post-war prosperity, discover the history of a small region that made a big impact on the people, culture and industry of the world as you say “ow am ya” to the people that made this place home, from metalworkers and miners to nurses and schoolteachers – and even a pub landlord or two.

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What’s more, when you pay for just one day, we give you a ticket to return as many times as you would like for a whole year with our UnChained Annual Pass – at no extra charge! 

February half term: Living Dangerously

This half term (Sat 18 – Sun 26 February), explore the devastating disasters and downright bad luck that plagued Black Country workers. Take part in an activity trail, meet historic characters and discover the dangers that befell people of the past.

Upcoming special events

18 February 2023 10:30

Come and join our February access tour to explore real stories of people who met and fell in love in the Black Country. Discover the many ways the people of the region shared their love for one...

18 February 2023 14:00

Come and join our February access tour to explore real stories of people who met and fell in love in the Black Country. Discover the many ways the people of the region shared their love for one...

21 February 2023 12:30

Welcome to our Makers Club! This February half term, our Makers Club is all about canal art.  In this session you will have the opportunity to get hands-on with an introduction to canal art....

22 February 2023 12:30

Welcome to our Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club! This February half term, we're exploring the theme of "living dangerously". Kids will learn all about the different industries that...

23 February 2023 10:00

Join us for some hands-on heritage in our family craft workshops!  For family members of all ages and generations from age 10+. Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop. In...

23 February 2023 13:30

Join us for some hands-on heritage in our family craft workshops!  For family members of all ages and generations from age 10+. Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop. In...

5 April 2023 12:30

Welcome to our Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club! The club is suitable for young people aged 8 to 15 years old who are excited about learning more about history through fun and hands-on...

12 April 2023 12:30

Welcome to our Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club! The club is suitable for young people aged 8 to 15 years old who are excited about learning more about history through fun and hands-on...

31 May 2023 12:30

Welcome to our Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club! The club is suitable for young people aged 8 to 15 years old who are excited about learning more about history through fun and hands-on...

2 August 2023 12:30

Welcome to our Young Archaeologists' and Curators' Club! The club is suitable for young people aged 8 to 15 years old who are excited about learning more about history through fun and hands-on...

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Learning at BCLM

We help bring the curriculum to life! Find out more about our unique educational packages tailored to each key stage.

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Online gift shop

Choose from a range of Black Country-inspired gifts as a treat for yourself or your 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