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This modern building is designed to tell the story of Dudley (and the wider Black Country) through time.

  • The Archives and Local History Centre, Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ

  • Situated on the A4037 between Dudley and Tipton, next to the Black Country Living Museum.

    If you are travelling using a SATNAV: DY1 4SQ

    Rail: The closest railway station is Tipton which is on the Birmingham to Wolverhampton line - approximately one mile from the Museum.

    Bus: There are a number of bus routes that stop outside the Black Country Living Museum and so are convenient for the Museum at the Archives.

    Number 24: Merry Hill to Foxyards Estate
    Number 229: Bilston to Dudley (via Coseley and Sedgley)
    Number 311: Walsall to Dudley
    Number 313: Walsall to Dudley
    Number 310: Willenhall to Merry Hill (via Wednesbury and Dudley)

  • Opening times:  10am - 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

    Entry: Free entrance. 

    Some events may charge. We are only able to accept cash payments. 

  • Email: Museums

    Telephone:  01384 811280

    Follow us:

     @dudleymuseum

     @dudleymuseum

  • The Museum is fully accessible for visitors with mobility difficulties.

    • There is a lift entrance to the Museum is through the Archives entrance.
    • The Museum is all on one floor; with only one entrance and exit. 
    • Cases are laid out to allow free flow through the galleries.
    • Guide and Assistance dogs are very welcome within the Museum. 

    Parking. Free for all our visitors. There are 40 spaces. 

    There are dedicated parking spaces for Blue Badge Holders

    Toilets

    There are accessible toilets on both levels. There is also a Changing Places Toilet on the ground floor. 

    Seating

    There are some seating areas in the galleries. 

    Other facilities

    • Baby changing
    • Lockers
    • Free wi-fi
    • Room for hire
  • Trails

    Pick up a free special seasonal trail to help you explore the Museum. Trails can be picked up and posted in the Black Country Geopark room.

    Events

    We have loads of activities and events at weekends and in the school holidays. See 'What's On' for more information. 

    Useful Information

    • Lift access to the Museum.
    • The Museum is all on one floor, with only one entrance and exit.
    • Baby changing facilities can be found on the ground floor. 
    • We welcome breastfeeding.
    • Free wi-fi

The galleries are arranged as a timeline which give a series of snapshots of our amazing history. The story begins with the mining that uncovered other, deeper stories of the ancient worlds that were once here and follows changes to the landscape through to the artistic and tourism opportunities of today's Dudley borough. 

At the start of your journey, sit back and watch an audio/visual telling of history and heritage of the wider Black Country and Dudley.

At the end of your visit you will find the Geopark Gallery; this is where you can find further information to continue your exploration of Dudley borough and beyond. 

We hope you have a bostin visit. Ta ra a bit!