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Step back in time

Leave the 21st century behind for the day and experience sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Black Country as you explore rebuilt, replica or recreated shops, houses and industrial workshops.

There’s plenty for everyone to get stuck into, including:

  • Taking a ride on one of our heritage vehicles
  • Testing your times tables in a 1912 school lesson
  • Heading underground for a glimpse of life as an 1850s miner
  • Watching a vintage film in our 1920s cinema
  • Having a tour of our Boat Dock
  • Taking a mothercraft class in Lea Road Infant Welfare Centre
  • Talking to costumed characters bringing history to life
  • Listening to 1950s vinyl in our record shop
  • Enjoying our 1930s traditional recipe chips
  • Indulging your sweet tooth with our 1950s inspired confectionary
  • Having a pint of Banks’s or a soft drink in one of our two pubs
  • Playing old-fashioned street games
  • Seeing live industrial demonstrations

Mine experience

Mind yer ‘ed! Descend ‘into the thick’ of our underground drift mine and hear what ‘Elija Wedge’ has to tell you about the world of an 1850s Black Country coalminer.

The underground mine experience is included in the price of general admission – no further purchase necessary! 

1940s-1960s High Street

Experience the hustle and bustle of our new high street! Meet new historic characters, spot vintage transport and listen to the Talking Clock in our 1960s telephone box. 

Lea Road Infant Welfare Centre

Meet our brand new midwife and health visitor as they share how expectant and new mothers were helped in early motherhood.

Cast Iron Houses

From the austerity of 1940s Britain to a nation gripped by football fever in the 1960s, travel back two decades in just a few footsteps in our reopened Cast Iron Houses.

A wooden handmade hammer, with the branded stamp name Joe

Industrial Quarter

Explore how industry in the Black Country changed through the decades, with stories in living memory about the advancements in industrial development and the impact of migration.

Bedroom at black country living museum

Our collections

Did you know that we have over 80,000 items in our collections? These items include our buildings and transport.

The Locksmith's House

Discover an atmospheric Edwardian house, our sister museum in Willenhall where time has stood still. 

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LGBTQ+ spaces in the post-war Black Country

In this blog, we explore the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community in the Black Country in the 1950s & 1960s. We share the stories of two key safe spaces for a community which faced a tough landscape in society at the time.

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