The interesting Nidderdale Museum is situated in King Street in the market town of Pateley Bridge and is housed in town's original Victorian workhouse.
There are sections devoted to agriculture, industries, religion, transport and costume, set out across 11 rooms.
The museum contains recreations of a Victorian sitting-room and kitchen, school room, general store, chemists, joiner's shop and solicitor's office with displays devoted to religious and domestic life, costume, transport, agriculture, industry, workhouse and courthouse. It also contains eighteenth and nineteenth century costumes and the History of Transport in the Yorkshire Dales along with many other artefacts of interest.
Air raid siren sound effects fill the air of the war room, with uniforms, wartime posters and gas masks on display. While the schoolroom exhibit, always popular with children, is a taste of Victorian education, with slate boards and dunce cap. The cobbler's shop is a faithful recreation, full of shoe-making equipment and leather work.
The museum illustrates all aspects of life in the Yorkshire Dales in the past and reflects the life of ordinary people in imaginative and realistic settings. It was founded in 1975 by a group of enthusiasts who shared a deep concern for the traditional way of life which they felt was rapidly disappearing after the second world war. Farms were adopting new methods, the former lead and stone industries had collapsed, and families were becoming dispersed.
Nidderdale Museum won National Heritage Museum of the Year Award 1990. The Museum is housed on one level on the first floor. A stairlift is available. Souvenirs and gifts are available in the Museum shop.
Nidderdale Museum is located in Pateley Bridge, which is on the B6265, approximately 20 minutes from Ripon, just 30 minutes drive from Harrogate or Skipton, and one hour from Leeds, York or Bradford.