Apri 1st - October 31st
Tuesday - Saturday
10.30 - 17.00
Last Admission 16.30
Groups and Schools by arrangement
Admission Free !!!!!!!
The museum entrance is in Newmarket Street in the centre of Usk town. Free parking is available in the Maryport Street car park which is situated at the rear of the museum.
The museum houses a unique collection of over 5000 artefacts from the smallest handtools and household items through to large agricutural machinery and vintage tractors.
The museum portrays rural life in Monmouthshire covering a period of approximately 100 years from 1850 - 1950. The collection is housed in a 16th century malt barn and an extensive collection of adjoining buildings.
Specialist collections include a Victorian cottage, a forge, carts, a cobbler, cheese making, WWII (including a bomb!), a stable, a hardware shop and many more.
Whilst visiting the museum why not take a break and have a relaxing cup of tea, coffee or a soft drink together with one of our delicious cakes or biscuits.
Books and Local Crafts
In addition to our local information, maps and guides we have a collection of local books and crafts available for purchase. These include jewelery, woodcraft and plants.
During the warmer weather enjoy our local ice creams or indulge in a freshly made "99" from our soft ice cream machine.
We have a light airy community room ideal for group meetings of up to thirty people. The room is fully equipped with audio visual presentation facilities including laptop and wi-fi access if required.
Seating can be arranged in boardroom or conference style. Refreshment facilities are available for your meeting and a light buffet can be provided on request.
The room is available throughout the day and evening all year round and visits to the museum can be arranged to complement your meeting if required.
For further details please email or telephone on 01291 673777
We have a large collection of old photographs, books and farm records which are available on request for the purposes of reference and research. In addition we have recently undertaken an oral history project to record the knowledge and recollections of some of the older residents of Monmouthshire. They provide a fascinating insight into rural life and the wartime activities of the LDV and Land Army.
Bessie is a full size model cow and provides our visitors with a "hands-on" milking experience. This forms part of our dairy timeline which demonstrates the full cycle of butter and milk product production. Bessie is a regular visitor to many local agricultural shows and events. A great favourite with young and old alike, come and see Bessie soon.
To hire Bessie for your event contact Rita at the museum.
The museum is a popular destination for pre-arranged visits of groups and schools. For schools, a number of hands on activities are available to bring to life times past including butter, bread and jam-making, The museum also includes many artefacts from the second world war and its impact on a rural community. A full risk assessement is available to assist you in the planning of your visit