Opened in 1975, the Black Country Museum offers an unique and fascinating insight into the lives of our ancestors and how machines and manufacturing developed.
Celebrating over 300 years of history the 26 acre open-air museum allows visitors to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Black Country’s past. History is brought vividly back to life as the Museum is a truly interactive experience. It is no exaggeration to say that there is something for everyone. Catch a short silent movie in the 1920s Limelight Cinema, hop on a tram, have a go at the fair, enjoy some traditional fish and chips, quench your thirst in the Bottle & Glass Inn or go underground to the coal mine. The choices really are endless.
Ride a bus or take the tram to the canal side village where over 50 buildings from around the Black Country – including an inn, Methodist Chapel, school, cinema and shops – have been dismantled brick by brick and rebuilt to create a late 19th century Black Country village. The village is full of residents ready to interact with you who bring the buildings to life with their local knowledge and practical skills. In the Victorian classroom the teacher gives a mini lesson, at Emile Doo’s chemist shop discover weird and wonderful treatments or watch the blacksmith pull red-hot iron from the furnace. The costumed characters share fascinating real life stories about living, working and shopping in the Black Country from the late 1890s to the 1930s and are surrounded by fascinating memorabilia and innovations from the time.
Witness why the Black Country became famously describes as ‘black by day and red by night’ as you experience the glow of the forges, smell the steam from the engines and hear the banging of hot metal during the working demonstrations. The harsh reality of a coal miner’s life in the 1850s is depicted brilliantly as visitors descend on foot into the thick of the underground mine.
Visitors can discover what life was like at Castlefields Road dock, travel on the longest trolly bus route in the UK or take a ride on one of the vintage trams. With a magnificent collection of Black Country manufactured vehicles on display it is easy to understand more about why the Black Country became famous for the manufacture of vehicles.
The Black Country Museum offers an unmissable day out.