Black Country Living Museum

Overview

The story of the Black Country is distinctive because of the scale, drama, intensity and multiplicity of the industrial might that was unleashed. It first emerged in the 1830s, creating the first industrial landscape anywhere in the world. It is this that we rejoice in and want to share with you. Our award-winning corner of the West Midlands is now one of the finest and largest open-air museums in the United Kingdom. After very humble beginnings, a bright idea and 40 years of inspiration, this is twenty six acres worth exploring. Amazing as it may seem, we have created a ‘place’ – a real and lively place, where once there was nothing and nobody. With a village and charismatic residents to chat with. Trams to ride. Games to play. Things being made. Stories to hear. People - their triumphs to admire and troubles to be thankful that are not ours. Time to be well spent. If you are old enough, you may just be looking for nostalgia and that is fine. But equally, we believe that history shouldn’t be seen as a safe haven in a fast changing and challenging world, but a catalyst for thinking and reflection about our own lives. We hope you have a fabulous and thought-provoking time.
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Access Card Notes

BCLM offers a essential carers ticket which give free admission for Carers

Contact details

Black Country Living Museum Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ

Standing and Queueing

Standing
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Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access
Manual Wheelchairs – the Museum has a number of manual wheelchairs ( rated 18 stone / 115 kilos weight ) which can be used on the day subject to availability or which can be booked in advance via 0121 520 8054 or email bookings@bclm.com. There is no charge for the use of the wheelchairs.

Short Distances

Short distance
Getting Around

Access is available to the majority of buildings although, as they are authentic historic exhibits, many require the use of temporary, portable ramps. A map of the Museum is available at reception which will help you to navigate the site

Transport

The Museum have a vintage style vehicle, 'DORIS' named after the mother of one of the original donors of the vehicle. Doris is the Museum’s accessibility vehicle, she has a tail lift to enable visitors in wheelchairs and those with mobility issues easy access. Doris is able to carry manual wheelchairs and pushchairs, but not motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Signs with information about this service are located near the tram stops. At any time you can call for Doris the Museum’s accessibility vehicle either by asking any of the transport drivers at a designated stop or by calling the Duty Manager on 07788 666161.

Access To Toilets

Access To Toilets
Toilets

There are plenty of easily located adapted and accessible toilets located around the Museum. There is no need to bring a radar key with you on your visit, as the only toilet in need of a radar key is located at the Bottle and Glass Inn, where a key is available on request.

Our nearest Changing Places toilets are located at Dudley Archive and Local History Centre, just 5 minutes walk from our main visitor reception.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs
Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the site with water bowls available at the Workers Institute café and Bottle and Glass Inn.

Water bowls can be found outside all the Bottle and Glass and Rolf Street cafe

Essential Companions

Essential Companions
BCLM offers a essential carers ticket which give free admission for Carers

Accessing Visual Information

Accessing Visual Information
Large printed information
To help you make the most of your visit you can download exhibit information sheets. These are especially useful for customers who may have a hearing impairment.
BSL Welcome Video

https://www.bclm.co.uk/visiting/accessibility/24.htm

Accessing Audible Information

Accessing Audible Information
Large printed information
To help you make the most of your visit you can download exhibit information sheets. These are especially useful for customers who may have a hearing impairment.
BSL Welcome Video

https://www.bclm.co.uk/visiting/accessibility/24.htm