A collection of over 30 reconstructed historic buildings that were the homes or workplaces of ordinary people from within the Chilterns.
Learn about the history of the Chilterns
Step back in time and explore over 30 reconstructed historic buildings, including an Iron Age roundhouse, 1940s prefab, blacksmith’s forge, Victorian toll house, tin chapel, WW1 and WW2 Nissen huts, earthen cottage and working historic farm that is home to goats, sheep, chickens, cows and farm cats. All set in 45 acres of beautiful Chilterns countryside.
As well as a collection of historical buildings the Museum boasts a number of small traditional gardens that complement them and suit their time periods. These include a formal Arts and Crafts garden, a pretty cottage garden, and a ‘dig for victory’ allotment next to the 1940s prefab. The cherry and apple orchards are full of heritage varieties, and the woods are carpeted with bluebells in spring.
In addition to the buildings and gardens there is a heritage adventure playground, woodland trail, sensory trail, orienteering course, gift shop and Tea Room. The site is dog friendly and dogs on short leads are welcome.
There are over 25 special and living history events each year including Roman Gladiators, Suffragettes, Ragged Victorians and Iron Age Life as well as outdoor learning activities, experience days and tours that can be booked. Please visit www.coam.org.uk for full details.
The Museum is a popular filming venue and has been used for filming lots of popular television dramas and films including: Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Grantchester, Horrible Histories and many more.
This October half term on 23rd October the Museum are holding a special Terrific Tuesday event. Take part in Autumn themed drop in activities and crafts all included in the standard admission price. Go on a fungi walk and scavenger hunt, listen to storytelling, make Tussie Mussies and more! Activities run from 11am - 3.30pm.
2019 open dates
The Museum re-opens on Saturday 30th March 2019 and is open daily 10am - 5pm until 31st October 2019.
The Museum offers special rates for prebooked groups and has plenty of coach parking. Find out more
The Museum has accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.
There are wheelchair ramps into buildings. The Museum's pathways are compact gravel which doesn't give the smoothest wheel chair ride. However, the Museum has a number of mobility scooters that are available to use free of charge, we recommend booking these in advance to ensure that they are available. The Museum also has a golf buggy and can offer lifts for those with limited mobility.
Small portable loop systems are installed at the Ticket Office and Tea Rooms for use by visitors with hearing aids.
Weddings and Parties
Seven of the Museum's buildings are licenced for civil ceremonies including their Iron Age roundhouse, Victorian toll house, Henton tin chapel, Skippings barn, Northolt barn, Arborfield barn and Thame vicarage. The Museum's barn are also available to hire for receptions and parties.
Chiltern Open Air Museum is a registered charity (no 272381) and all proceeds go towards their valuable conservation work.