Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum was founded by volunteers in the 1970s, and opened to the public in 1981. The museum rescues threatened historic buildings, which would otherwise be demolished, and rebuilds and preserves them in a traditional Chilterns landscape.

Here is a list of our top 10 things to do at Chiltern Open Air Museum:

  • Construct model buildings in Northolt Barn.
  • Try out one of our free children’s activity backpacks.  Pick one up from the Visitor Information Centre in Astleham Manor Cottage.
  • Try on a real RAF uniform in the Nissen Hut.
  • Enjoy an ice cream or cream tea at the Furniture Factory Tea Room.
  • Have a chat with the animals – including our heavy horses Joshua, Samuel and Harvey.
  • Bring a picnic to eat on the Village Green and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
  • Explore the Woodland Walk and visit the bird hide.
  • “Spend a penny” in real Edwardian Public Conveniences!
  • Pick up a free, award-winning audio guide in the Visitor Information Centre.
  • Play with historic children’s games in Thame Vicarage Room and the 1940s Amersham Prefab.

2014 Season: 29 March – 31 October


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