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    Black Country Living Museum

    by grayfo Written Sep 11, 2014

    The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum that covers 26 acres of former industrial land and consists of mainly rebuilt historic buildings that re-create part of the world’s first industrial landscape. The museum occupies former industrial land partly reclaimed from a former railway goods yard, disused lime kilns and former coal pits. It was opened in 1978, and is constantly evolving as more exhibits are being added. There are local residents dressed appropriately to chat to, trams and buses to ride, games for the children and various items being traditionally made.

    April to October
    Daily: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    November to March
    Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Adults: £14.35
    Children (Over 5): £7.15
    Children (Under 5): Free

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    August 2014

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    Dudley Museum and Art gallery

    by vickydeakin Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dudley Museum and Art Gallery is well worth a look if you visit this hitsorical.The Museum is housed in a victorian building which was originally itself an Art school.It possesses an interesting collection of 19th and 20th century oil paintings,drawings and watercolours,as well as modern prints and pictures of local topograpical interest.Thr museum is also home to the Brooke Robinson collection-a Victorian gentleman,s collection of paintings,furniture,Greek and Roman pottery.Also in this collection is some facinating pieces including a lock of hair taken from an English king just previous to his execution by beheading.At the present time until Feb 2006 there is an exhibition displaying artifacts from Egypt,some going back as far as 10,000 years! You also get the chance to come face to face with a genuine 2500 year old mummy which is on display amongst other mummified exhibits.Also in this museum is a new geological gallery.It highlights the role of Dudley,s world famous geology.Discover and touch fossils and crystals found in Dudley,s wrens nest area,which is now a National nature reserve.The good thing about this museum is that they cater for people of all ages,they have a full program of educational activities for school age children,they also include activities relating to the current exhibition on show.The best thing is you can have a fun educational day out for no cost,Admission to this museum is totally free!

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  • Black Country Living Museum

    by kayleigh06 Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    The museum can be found in Tipton Road in nearby Dudley and is easily found by bus from Birmingham centre and is named after this area to the west of the city that was blessed (some would say cursed) with an abundance of coal mines and created much employment in the early 1900s till the 70s. This coal mine and village is a total re-creation and gives the visitor an idea of life down the pit. Go underground to experience conditions and walk through the village to be transported back in time to the 1930s.You can also enjoy a boat trip along the Dudley canal which forms part of a large canal system in the Birmingham area..

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  • Dudley Zoo

    by kayleigh06 Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    This large zoo also includes a medieval castle, complete with ruins. It was considered cutting edge when it was constructed in 1937, and it has stayed up with the times, adding audiovisual presentations and displays of animals on the verge of extinction. From rare crocodiles to the endangered ibis, from foxes and badgers to woodpeckers, this zoo offers a fascinating glimpse at native wildlife. Children are treated to face painting, rides, activities, and a train on which to tour the zoo. Adults can explore the gardens or watch an archeological excavation.

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    Visit the Black Country Museum.

    by leics Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    Well worth the entry ticket, you can easily spend at least 5 hours here. 26 acres of re-built houses/ shops/ factories etc. There's a chip shop, a cinema, a coal-mine, canal-boats, chainmakers, transport museum, a school, a chapel, a fairground and a pub. You can also go on a narrowboat into the limestone caverns under Dudley castle.

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    It's really the only reason to visit Dudley (although you might want to go to the castle/ zoo).

    The chips from the chip shop are superb. The beer in the pub is pretty good too.

    Museum village street.
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    FLOAT INTO HISTORY

    by BerniShand Written Aug 16, 2003

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    At the Black C ountry Museum take a ride on the canal boat which takes you through the tunnels built in the 18C to transport the limestone from the Earl of Dudley`s mines
    Between each tunnel is a green glade with dappled sunlight (on a good day) through the trees
    The tunnels are very dark and a little scary, be warned if you have small children with you
    On the return journey volunteers are called for to `walk` the barge through the tunnel as was done in the days before engine power

    View into one of the tunnels
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    A STEP BACK IN TIME

    by BerniShand Written Aug 16, 2003

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    Go to the Black Country living museum, there you will find an entire village from years ago complete with coal mine, trolley busses, canal boats and industry.
    There are lots of picnic sites, a fish and chip bar, tea rooms and a pub with great beer.
    there is a turn of the century fairground for children.
    we went with friends and found enough there to keep us occupied all day

    Carl and Geoff go down`t pit
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    Dudley Zoo

    by Galahad Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    This is a medium sized urban zoo in the grounds of Dudley Castle in the centre of the town.
    26.3.03 Plans have been announced to spend £100m on upgrading and enlarging the zoo displaying the history of the castle and the nearby Wrens Nest Geological Area. They have specialized in breeding the rare Asiatic Lions and Snow Leopards. The very large animals, elephants and giraffes will be moved.

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    Recreating part of the Black Country's History

    by Galahad Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    The aim of this museum is to portray the history and culture of the Black Country towns. The museum is spread over 26 acres, and many of the buildings are staffed with people in appropriate costume. I can't do better than quote from the web site as to the range of activities. Travel on a tramcar; Experience the underground coalmine; Ride on the fairground swingboats; See a silent film in the 1920s Cinema; Watch the demonstrations of metalworking and lots more for all ages and regardless of the weather.

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