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Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

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A fascinating look into the West Midlands’ industrial past

Just 10 miles from Birmingham’s modern city centre is a world that has been well and truly frozen in time. The Black Country Living Museum is a fascinating look at what life was like for the people of Birmingham in years gone by.

At 26 acres in size, the Black Country Living Museum is one the largest open air museums in the UK and features a village full of shops, Edwardian school, costumed characters and an underground drift mine.

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The museum was founded 40 years ago and pays homage to the ‘Black Country’ that first emerged in the 1830s, an era of extraordinary innovation, when the manufacturing of wrought iron in the region ruled supreme. During the time, the Black Country also became well known for its structural ironworks, plus chain making and the manufacturing of locks, keys, tubes and trap, plus much more.

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Today, the Black Country Living Museum attracts visitors from all over the world and is particularly popular for families. Perhaps the most popular reason to visit is the costumed characters you will meet, all of whom live and work in the area and all have a story to tell.

What better way to learn about the past than to see it brought to life? You can take part in a Victorian bakery experience, watch the locksmith at work and visit his house!

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There are loads of fascinating things to see and do at the museum. One of the most interesting activities is the underground mine tour, which is available to adults and children aged five and over. The underground experience, "Into the Thick" is a realistic insight into how the mines operated and how miners worked. The roadways and work areas are all safe to walk through.

The museum is home to a number of restaurants and places to eat, including the Rolfe Street Café, the Bottle and Glass Inn and Hobbs’ Fish and Chip Shop – a 1930s chippy offering world famous fish and chips!

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The children will love the old-time fairground and rides, plus there are rides on the tram to be taken and pigs, horses and hens to meet. The museum also offers a number of activities for families, including regular challenges and quizzes, discovery trails, which will take you on a journey of hidden facts in the museum, plus fun make at home activities!

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The cost of entry to the museum for adults is £17.95, £8.95 for children, and children aged under 3 are free. You can also buy family passes from £38.30. It is open every day from 10am to 5pm until Sunday, 4 November 2018. After this date opening days and hours are reduced.

Essential Information
Black Country Living Museum
Address: Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ
Phone: 0121 557 9643
Opening hours: daily from 10am to 5pm until Sunday, 4 November 2018. Monday, 5 November to Sunday, 23 December open Wed to Sunday 10am to 4pm, Monday, 24 December 10am to 4pm, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, Thursday, 27 December to Sunday, 6 Jan open daily 10am to 4pm. The museum will be closed Monday, 7 January to Tuesday, 22 January 2019.
Cost: Adults £17.95, children £8.95, children aged under 3 are free, family passes from £38.30

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