Welcome to the Grassington Folk Museum in Upper Wharfedale
We have reminders of yesteryear... exhibits of lead mining, minerals, craft tools, lathes, Dales farming, period costumes, domestic accoutrements, World War II memorabilia, folk lore and the days of the Yorkshire Dales Railway recalled.
Museum opening times
We are open every day of the week from 2pm until 4.30pm (subject to availability of volunteers) during July and August.
We have usually been closed on Mondays but this year have been able to find volunteers for the extra day for the summer!
There is no admission charge but as we are an entirely independent museum and are staffed by volunteers, donations towards running costs are very much appreciated.
A Christmas Carol
On Saturday November 30th 2013 the Museum played host to a rare book by Charles Dickens. The little book was bought last December at an auction in New York.
For most of the year the signed edition of "A Christmas Carol" is on display at the University of York library, so the Museum was honoured to show it off at the Dickensian Festival.
Dickensian Festival 2013
During the annual Dickensian Festival in Grassington, visitors are welcome to have a look round the museum and to see the huge variety of interesting items on display for an entrance fee of £1.00 per adult. Children under 16 accompanied by adults are welcome to look round for no charge.
Refreshments of hot tea, coffee or chocolate or a cold drink will be served by the lovely kitchen fire and hot home-made mince pies or biscuits will be available. A charge of £2.50 for adults (which includes the £1.00 entrance charge) will be made. A contribution of £1.00 for children for the refreshments is requested.
Museum now open
After the hectic year of 2012 due to us obtaining funding from the Heritage Lottery fund, the Museum has now reopened for the new season. There is still plenty of work to be achieved and the committee and helpers have a full time job on their hands and are always looking for volunteers. If you can help in any way please pop into the Museum. The committee is trying to keep more in touch with the volunteers and also to keep volunteers in touch with each other, and involving them more in Museum decisions.
This year we are not charging an admission fee...
But if you like what you see, there is a donation box.
Grand Volunteers Meet
In April we had a Grand Volunteers Meet led by Linda Brandish, who came to us courtesy of the York Museums Trust.
The New Crowther Room
The new Crowther Room is up and running and a group of volunteers has been beavering away to catalogue all the exhibits on to computer; as you can imagine this is a long and arduous task (not to mention the endless cups of tea and coffee!). Seriously, they are doing a fantastic job.
Museum Open Day
On Saturday 16th February, the Museum held an open day to show off the alterations we had made with the Lottery Fund. The attendence was excellent especially as so many locals came to support it.