Museum Opening

The Old House is now closed for winter maintenance and will re-open on the 25th March 2021

Many thanks to our visitors and volunteers for supporting us through the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Please see our 'Visiting' page for detailed information on visiting the museum next spring.

Call for Submissions

We are collecting digital photographs of COVID Bakewell and surrounding areas.  Your images of landscapes, town scenes, street art, craft projects and social distanced socialising with family and friends will feature on the COVID Page' of our new website.Send your images to   titled COVID2020

Welcome to the Bakewell Old House Museum

Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District, the Old House Museum is a Tudor dwelling. After nearly five hundred years of continuous use, the house was rescued from demolition in the 1950s. An award winning museum, it now plays host to a wide range of artefacts telling the story of the Peak District and beyond.

The House

What stories these walls could tell!  Built in the reign of Henry VIII as a tax collector's cottage, it was expanded into a gentleman's residence in the Elizabethan period - complete with ​garderobe (Tudor toilet). In the Industrial Revolution, it was repurposed as mill workers' cottages, by none other than Richard Arkwright himself who had built his third cotton spinning mill in Bakewell. The house retains surviving features from all these periods: so there's plenty of details for all architectural enthusiasts.

The Collections

Our collections are as varied as the building itself. From Tudor artefacts found encased in the walls, to Macedonian ceremonial swords, to an elephant's foot, there's all sorts hidden away in every nook and cranny. Mostly donated by local residents there's a story behind every one of these artefacts, linking them to this particular corner of Derbyshire.