© Dales Countryside Museum
- This fascinating museum, managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales past and present. Displays interpret the development of the Dales from prehistoric times to the present day. Themes include: school days, home life, leisure time, religion, transport, communication and tourism, farming, local crafts and industries. The Museum itself is housed in an exciting and imaginative conversion of the Hawes railway station in Wensleydale in the north of the Park. It is designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and a wheelchair can be borrowed on site. The Museum has many interactive and hands-on exhibits and object handling sessions can be arranged for pre-booked groups. The Research Room is open for local and family history research and volunteers can assist on Mondays and Wednesdays. Base for the Yorkshire Dales branch of Young Archaeologists. Hawes National Park Centre - a networked tourist information centre - can be found in the same building as the Museum. Shop, Firebox café (opens Easter 2016) Exhibitions, events and demonstrations. Outdoor sculpture and nature trail. Creation station for children on the train.