A Museum for the whole Family
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is set in a 36 acre site in the South Downs National Park.
Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth Telecommunications Hall, Milne Electricity Hall, Printing Workshop and much more.
The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople,
such as the blacksmith and potter.

The 2016 Amberley Museum Events Programme is published
Click Here for the full listing
to include:
*The dates of our classic vehicle shows    *Family Fun Days during the School Holidays
*Special Offers 

 February 13th and 14th Opening Weekend - Special Offer!

Special offer for the Opening Weekend -
13th and 14th February
A set entry fee of £6.00
or £6.60 for those who are able to GiftAid
- will be valid for all on Saturday 13th as well as Sunday 14th February -  That's our child admission rate! -
(under 4s will still be free of charge)
So come and see the Museum on its first two days of the 2016 season, to mark lots of new and exciting events and developments in 2016

Half Term Family Fun at Amberley Museum

13th and 14th February - Opening Weekend
Come and see the Museum prepare for the new season
Take part in the 'Cobweb' trail watch out for the spider signs - see if you can guess what some of our unusual objects are.
Visit our craftspeople, for example:
Visit the Pottery - Have fun playing with clay!
Visit the Greenwood Workers -SUNDAY ONLY

Tuesday 16th February  Half Term

Toddler Tuesday

10:30-12  age 5 and under
Toddler time between 10:30 and 12:00 - Just turn up for themed activities for under 5s - no booking necessary and you're welcome to stay all day and see the rest of the Museum 

Come and join in with free activities, singing and story-time
and brush off the winter blues. 
This week's theme is "Spring"
​Discover the changes in seasons - Winter turning into Spring. See the natural surroundings of our Museum and what is changing - i.e. the leaves on the trees
​               Decorate a pot and plant a spring bulb               Caterpillar activities
                                   Make a garden sun-catcher or windmill
All join in with the 'Wheels on the bus' song-time, and why not follow on with a ride on our vintage bus around the Museum.
  • Each parent/carer accompanying will receive a free hot drink voucher for the Limeburners Cafe - no booking necessary
  • Free rides on the vintage bus and train
  • Visit the Printers - print your name on a card

Wednesday 17th February  Half Term Activity Day

All day - Electrical Themed

Electric Activity
Come and have fun learning all about Electricity on our Electrical Activity Day
  • Activities from 10 until 4 
​Table top electrical activities
Various family activities - Garden bird following
The Big Bird Count
  • Visit the Electricity Hall - for sparkling hands on activities and displays - 11 until 3
                     ​High Voltage demonstrations
  • Visit the Woodturners see electric woodturning
  • Visit the Greenwood Workers
  • Visit the Printing Workshop - print your name without electricity
  • Visit the Wheelwrights - for a chance to build a cartwheel
  • Free rides on the vintage bus and train

New events for 2016,
for example in May

Saturday 14th - Austin Healey Car Club Visit 
The Museum welcomes this visiting car club

As part of the annual Healey Drivers Club International meeting, over 70 Healeys and Austin Healeys come together on the Museum village green to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Donald Healey’s 200mph speed run at Bonneville, USA in August 1956.


Sunday 02nd - Classic Landrovers Day
A brand new event for the Museum when we
welcome classic Landrovers on site

Click Here to open a form to enter your Classic Landrover (1948-1985)
Click Here to read the recent feature on Amberley Museum in Landrover International Magazine

Museum Areas

  1. Fire Station
    Fire Station
    Built to a 1950's style, housing a number of period tenders and an exhibition.
  2. Village Garage & Cycle Shop
    Village Garage & Cycle Shop
    Replica 1930's garage, petrol station and cycle shop - with equipment and tools of the period
  3. Connected Earth Telecommunications Hall
    Connected Earth Telecommunications Hall
    This gallery reflects the history of telecommunications through hands-on and traditional displays
  4. Electricity Hall
    Electricity Hall
    Displays on a wide range of domestic electrical appliances. The exhibition also tells the story of the discovery of electricity
  5. Southdown Bus Garage
    Southdown Bus Garage
    Replica 1920's garage, home to a unique collection of restored vintage buses and an exhibition outlining the history of Southdown. Later examples from the bus fleet provide a passenger service for visitors. To find out when the earlier buses are in operation, please contact the Museum office
  6. Wireless Exhibition
    Wireless Exhibition
    Collection includes a variety of domestic, amateur and professional communications equipment. There is also an amateur radio station, which is sometimes in operation.
  7. De Witt Kilns
    De Witt Kilns
    Built in 1905. An exhibition 'Life and Lime' now tells the history of the local people involved in the quarrying of chalk and burning of lime on the Museum site
  8. Pottery
    Working pottery producing traditional and contemporary earthenware. Open most days, however please check with the Museum office if making a special visit
  9. Wheelwrights
    Cartwheels at different stages of construction are displayed
  10. Railway
    A passenger train service is aimed to be in operation each day we are open - please check the events page for details on the railway steam days for 2016. Various railway exhibits are located at Amberley Museum including Hove Ticket Office (as highlighted in the photograph)
  11. Printing Workshop
    Printing Workshop
    Historic printing equipment housed and demonstrated. Items printed at Amberley Museum are for sale, to include post cards, wrapping paper and notebooks.
  12. Paviors' Museum of Roadmaking
    Paviors' Museum of Roadmaking
    Exhibition on the development of roads and their construction. Don't miss - the cycle exhibition housed within the building

See snippets of Amberley Museum at our new Youtube Channel




About Amberley

If you would like paper copies of the above, please  contact our office


The first set of dates for the 2016 
Amberley Footplate Experience  
have been released
and places are available to book now

May 1st. May 29th. June 5th. - Dates fully booked.
June 26th. August 28th. September 11th
Please click here for further information , and details on how to book.
Please contact the Museum Office , with any queries you may have.

Museum Members Information

Details of the Museum AGM and Annual report for 2014 can be found here

Give someone that perfect present - an Amberley Museum 2016 Day Visit Gift Voucher - Click here for further information

  1. Kids Activities
    Kids Activities
    Wednesdays during the school holidays
  2. Regular Events
    Regular Events
    Events are held on some Saturdays and most Sundays during the season
  3. Collections
    Exhibition Halls include a Print Shop, Fire, Bus and Rail Halls, Radio, Electricity, Telecoms and Roadmaking
  4. Village Green
    Village Green
    The first area reached on entering the Museum, with a representative 1950s feel
  5. Polelathe Turning
    Polelathe Turning
    On Event & other days, in the Bodgers camp
  6. Murphy
    "Murphy" is a recent addition to the collection of Road Rollers at the Museum