The museum was established in 1978. It is housed in an 18th-century farmhouse and two adjacent cottages. It is largely run by enthusiastic volunteers, which make it a friendly venue. The exhibit rooms include presentations on Hornsea Pottery in the cottages with over 2000 items on display. The farmhouse was occupied by the Burn family for almost 300 years. The museum presents Victorian rural life and local history concerning north Holderness. The exhibit rooms present life in Victorian times, including a bedroom, the dairy, kitchen, parlour, and wash-house and bring the era to life giving a wonderful insight into rural life. Outside the farmhouse are a barn, craft workshops, and a Victorian street scene. In addition, there are local history displays, a Victorian school room, and a pretty garden. There are childhood artefacts and toys on display, as well as a World War 1 and 2 exhibition. The Whitedale building details the history of the Hull to Hornsea railway line with a working model railway layout including Hornsea station. Also Hornsea's fishing heritage is represented with scale model fishing boats.
The museum aims to accommodate wheelchair users and people with limited mobility wherever possible. Ground floor access is available to all with ramps available on request. However, due to the nature of an 18th century building, not all areas may be reached. Please contact the museum for further information. A disabled persons toilet is available. Assistance dogs are welcome. The volunteers will be happy to assist with explanations and tactile experiences where possible.
Location : 11 - 17 Newbegin, Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire HU18 1AB
Transport: Hull or Beverley (National Rail) then bus. Bus Routes : 129, 130, 220, 240, 256 and 550 stop nearby.
Opening Times : Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00; Sundays - 13:00 to 16:00.
Tickets : Adults £3.50; Children/Concessions £2.50.
Tel: 01964 533443