Oak House

Oak House in West Bromwich is a delightful half timbered yeoman farmer's house built round about 1630 or earlier.

Oakhouse, West Bromwich

The Oak House Museum boasts some fine panelling and is furnished with 17th century furniture. The house is set in its own grounds with a children's playground on site which is available to visitors during the opening hours of the museum.

It is free to visit the Oak House in West Bromwich - however unfortunately there is currently no disabled access to the first floor.

The museum has a lively programme of events and activities throughout the year as well as award winning schools sessions.

Exciting times for The Oak House

When you visit the house you may hear some noise from building works. We apologise for any inconvenience or disturbance to your visit. However, these are exciting times for The Oak House as these works will improve our visitor facilities.

As you come down the drive you will notice some large buildings to the right, behind the wall. These are historic barns, once part of the farm attached to Oak House. We are transforming these barns into a reception area, tearoom, classroom, toilets, meeting room space and a museum shop. It will also house some general interpretation about the site and the history of the local area.  

This work will mean that we can move our office and storage space into the barns and therefore open up more of the Oak House to the public.

There is also building work currently going on behind the house which will safeguard older timber dating to the 1630s and provide replacement for rotton timbers which were added much later. We won't be reinstating the colour of the black and white timber framing, as such houses were never black and white. You will have to visit once the work is finished to see what we do to make it look as it might have looked 400 years ago!

Location details

The Oak House Museum,
Oak Road, West Bromwich B70 8HJ.

The Oak House is on the corner of Oak Road and Cambridge Street just a short distance from West Bromwich High Street and Lodge Road Metro station. Parking is available on the road near to the house. Parking on site for disabled visitors is available.

For more information on getting to our sites using public transport please visit Network West Midlands.

Get involved

Become a friend

We are relaunching our Friends Group at the Oak House in 2013. If you are interested in joining in, volunteering and helping to raise money for events and activities etc please call 0121 553 0759 to register your interest.

Opening times

Please note that these are times when we are open to casual visitors. We are still available for special events and activities, school bookings, tours, projects etc at other times.

Please note that the playground area is only open during museum opening hours.

Easter or the beginning of April to September

Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 2pm - 5pm

Last admission to the museum is 4.30pm

Important information regarding opening hours in 2014

As we will be moving into the newly restored barns this summer The Oak House will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 June until 8 July inclusive.

We will still be open on Sundays 2pm-5pm.

We may still be able to accommodate pre-booked groups. Please call us to find out.

October and November:

Tuesday and Wednesday: 1pm - 4pm 

Last admission is 4pm.

December - Easter:

Closed apart from special events and activities, schools and pre-booked groups. Look out for our lively Christmas programme and school holiday activities.

Other information for visitors

  • Entrance to Oak House is usually free, but there is sometimes a small charge for special events and activities.
  • Opening times may vary for special events, please ring site for details.
  • Please note that there are no refreshments available on site apart from for some special events.
  • There is currently no disabled access to the first floor.
  • We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside the building.
  • Suitable footwear must be worn - due to the age of the flooring we cannot allow stiletto heels to be worn inside the building.
  • Please mind your step when walking down the drive.
  • The playground area is open when the museum is open and not at other times

Souvenirs

Visit our small souvenir shop on the first floor where there are a wide range of items including greetings cards, local history publications, gifts and toys. Just ask a member of staff to open the shop - you don't have to buy anything, you can just have a browse.