Allow plenty of time for your visit, as this truly is a BIG little museum packing a huge punch with far more inside than you could ever imagine. It really is worth the visit.
The miners' kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of objects to explore and handle and children can play Sherlock Holmes armed with a magnifier and dressed in deerstalker hats.
Upstairs is a beautiful 5 panel embroidery called "The Weardale Tapestry" - their history in stitches and the museum houses a fine collection of local minerals.
Entry also includes a visit to the historic and beautiful High House Chapel, the oldest Methodist Chapel with continuous weekly services since it was built in 1760 and learn about John Wesley's visits.
For those researching their Weardale ancestors a peep at the museum's vast genealogy resource could save months of research elsewhere.
It has been deservedly awarded "Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer Run Museum" by the Arts Council.
Small admission fee
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Location - Ireshopeburn on A689 (DL13 1HD)
Coach access and parking - Car parking behind the museum, coaches offload at the door and park at Anita's Way 100 yards.
Refreshments are available at St John's Chapel, 1 mile.
Allow - 1.5 hours for your visit
Contact tel +44 (0) 1388 517433