Beamish Museum, County Durham

Beamish is a world famous open-air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820w, 1900s and 1940s. The Museum is passionate about making the museum a dementia friendly place to visit. Over 400 members of staff and volunteers are Dementia Friends and proudly wear a crocheted version of the ‘forget-me-not’ badge on their costumes.

Beamish is a large open air museum with many historic buildings, some of which are not always completely accessible to visitors. It is a hands-on museum. Many sounds, smells, tastes and textures can be experienced; and objects, surfaces and textiles handled making for a multi-sensory experience.

To create an authentic feel, there are a variety of ground surfaces, some of which are uneven by nature. There are steep slopes in places, and some buildings and exhibits have stepped access.

If a disabled visitor requires another person, as their companion or carer to enable them to access the museum, then this person is admitted free of charge. If a parent is visiting the museum with a disabled child under 5 then the parent and child under 5 do not have to pay admission. If there are several adults accompanying the disabled child under 5, then only one adult can be admitted for free. All other adults and children need to pay full admission or show their annual pass.

Wheelchair hire

Free wheelchair hire is available from the Entrance Building. As numbers are limited and available on a first come first served basis, please contact the museum in advance to reserve to avoid disappointment: 0191 370 4000 (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9am-4.30pm).

Motorised scooters

Visitors are welcome to use personal motorised scooters to help them get around the museum. These should be used along pedestrian routes with due care for pedestrians and not the roads around the museum. As Beamish is a large open air museum, we encourage visitors to fully charge their scooters before arriving at the museum, as you could expect to cover up to three miles during the visit. Please note we are not able to hire out motorised wheelchairs. Please note the Accessible Bus is not able to securely anchor and transport motorised scooters, please see below.

Accessible Bus

The Accessible Bus, with a rear tail lift, can securely carry up to four wheelchairs. Please note the Accessible Bus is not able to securely anchor and transport motorised scooters. A weight restriction (250kgs) also applies to the use of the tail lift. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the museum.

Accessible parking

Free accessible parking is at the lowest level of our car park to the left of the Entrance Building. This area may also be used as a drop-off and collection point for Accessible Mini-buses. Ramps lead from this car park into the Entrance Building and further ramps are situated at the rear of the building providing access to, and exit from the museum site.

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, UK

0191 370 4000 (9.00am - 4.00pm, Mon-Fri)

Talks Guided tours

Transport options: Parking nearby, Disabled parking

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