Opening times

25 March to 5 November 2022.

Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm

And Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, 11am - 4pm

The museum volunteers really look forward to seeing you soon!

Welcome to the Bakewell Old House Museum

The museum was a Tudor dwelling, set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District.

You can immerse yourself in the stories of Bakewell and this part of the Peak District at our award-winning museum.

Summer 2022

Children's activities this summer!

You can take part in traditional outdoor games, such as hop scotch, quoits, skipping ropes and hoops. Indoors we have paper weaving, and you can try your hand at a mini loom.

Try out your design skills by designing some fashionable clothing for a futuristic museum.

You can also have our fun and informative rat trail, which includes little-known facts about rats!

All this is included in your admissions ticket.

Exhibition for 2022

Celebrating 70: Gems of the collection

This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates ascending the throne in 1952.
Soon after The Queen was crowned, the Bakewell and District Historical Society was founded to renovate the Old House and prepare a new museum.
Our costume display of Gems of Collection is our way of sending our congratulations and best wishes to Her Majesty, and were selected by our volunteers. 

Children can have fun creating some bunting for the Jubilee celebrations, and can be inspired by the costumes on display to draw their own designs and place them in our gallery.

The exhibition continues to November 2022.

The House

What stories these walls could tell!  Built in the reign of Henry VIII as a tax collector's cottage, the building 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 at Lumford. The house retains surviving features from all these periods: so there are plenty of details for all architectural enthusiasts.

The Collections

Our collections are as varied as the building itself. Artefacts found encased in the walls from the Tudor period, to Macedonian ceremonial swords, ceramics, textiles and costumes, toys and cameras, there's all sorts hidden away in every nook and cranny. Donated by local residents over the last sixty years, there is a story behind every one of these artefacts, linking them to this particular corner of Derbyshire. Hear these stories via interactive QR codes. All you need is your smart phone and ear phones.