- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Visit the award-winning Black Country Living Museum and you’ll be joining in with 300 years of history like no other. One of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK, the Museum immerses visitors into the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past. Explore 26 acres of original period shops and houses and meet the Museum’s costumed characters along the way - they’ll explain what it was like to live and work in one of the world’s most heavily industrialised landscapes.
You’ll discover the Black Country’s mighty industrial past as you descend on foot ‘into the thick’ of underground drift mine, see sparks fly at our chain making forge and step inside a full scale working replica or the world’s very first working steam engine – built right here in the Black Country.
Ride a bus or take a tram down to the Museum’s Canalside village where you’ll witness the everyday lives of Black Country folk. Step inside the shops and houses and chat with our friendly costumed characters. Discover weird and wonderful treatments of the past in Emile Doo’s Chemist; indulge yourself in our Victorian sweet shop; test your times tables in our school or watch a film in our 1930s Lime Light Cinema. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bag of our traditionally cooked fish and chips or quench your thirst in the Bottle & Glass Inn where a warm welcome awaits.