Rural Life Museum

Discover the working and domestic lives of North Lincolnshire’s rural population.

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About the Museum

Visitors can follow the farming year from seed to harvest and explore the tools and techniques that were used to manage the land.

Highlights include the Marshalls of Gainsborough threshing machine, Sir Berkeley Sheffield’s model locomotive The Great Bear and a 1946 Fordson Major tractor. Throughout the Living on the Land Gallery visitors can view aerial photographs of the Normanby and Burton-upon-Stather modern agricultural landscape by Jason Butler.

On the first floor, rural North Lincolnshire comes to life through an array of businesses that would once have been at the heart of the community. 

Displays include a saddler, wheelwright, printer and blacksmith, as well as more familiar establishments such as a chemist and village store. Families can take part in the mouse trail and little farmers will love the under-five activities on offer.

NEW for 2024: transport models

This season there is an exhibition of transport models from the collection. Come and see these beautifully made objects, such as a traction engine, a Humber sloop and a horse and cart.

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