Oak House in West Bromwich is a delightful half-timbered yeoman farmer's house built about 1630 or earlier.
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 of the house itself although there is access to the upstairs of the visitor centre.
The museum has a lively programme of activities to enjoy for all ages throughout the year as well as award winning schools sessions.
Exciting times for the Oak House
Our brand new visitor centre located in our historic barns opened on 6 July 2014 and there are also brand new displays and talking barrels in the old west barn giving information and stories about the Oak House's former residents. We have also opened up extra rooms in the house over the last few years and now have a 17th century dairy and servants' bedroom. Also new for 2017 is our new back parlour complete with replica 17th century bed. This is the room where many of the Turton family died in the 1600s! Why not visit us, bring a picnic if the weather is fine to enjoy on our terrace and buy an ice cream.
Please note that entrance to the site is via the Oak House Barns Visitor Centre and not the gates on the corner of Oak Road and Cambridge Street.
The Oak House Museum,
Oak Road, West Bromwich B70 8HJ.
Phone: 0121 553 0759 (Staff are available to answer telephone calls on advertised opening days during office hours, however they may be available at other times but you can leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as someone is available).
Entrance: 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. Entrance is via the Barns Visitor Centre on Oak Road and not the gates on the corner of Oak Road and Cambridge Street.
Parking: - Parking is available on Cambridge Street, further down Oak Road beyond the barns or at the pay and display car park on Lodge Road which is a 5-10 minute walk away. Disabled drop off area only outside the site. Disabled parking may be possible on site behind the house with prior arrangement only if it is convenient. Parking directly outside the museum is limited to one hour.
Please note that the times below are opening times for casual/general visitors. We are still available at other times for advertised special activities, school holiday activities, school bookings, tours, projects etc.
The playground area is only open during museum opening hours unless other times are advertised at specific times of year like school holidays. Shoes must be worn at all times on the playground.
Easter or the beginning of April to September (closed Good Friday)
Summer opening will begin on Sunday 2 April 2017
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 2pm - 5pm (during the schools long summer holidays (end of July and August) the site and museum is open 12pm-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 2pm-5pm on Sunday).
Last admission to the museum site is 4.30pm
October and November
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 1pm - 4pm
Last admission is 3:30pm.
December - March
The house is closed apart from special activities, schools and pre-booked groups. Look out for our lively Christmas programmes and school holiday activities during February half term.
The grounds are open during museum opening hours only
Find out about opening times for our activities programme and what's on
Entrance: Entrance to the museum is FREE unless a specific charge for certain events and activities is stated.
Museums for Schools
Find out about our exciting programmes for schools across the curriculum and topic areas.
The grounds- a safe place
Our visitors have told us that they enjoy the grounds to the Oak House Museum being a safe and secure place for families and older visitors as access is through the visitor centre only and we do not allow dogs on site. Therefore the grounds are open during the museum opening times and at other times for special events and activities.
Please note that dogs are not allowed on site (apart from assistance dogs)
Find out more
- Find out what is on at Oak House Museum - Find out what's on at Sandwell Museums with our up and coming activities listings.
- The Sandwell Museums Facebook page for daily information.
- You can also follow us on twitter @sandwellmuseums
- You can find out more about our activities for schools.
- There is 'More to Museums' - Find out what groups or activities are available for adults to enjoy or get involved with. You can paint, garden, make cakes, serve in our tearoom, research, fund raise, join classes or talks and much more.
- Call: 0121 553 0759 - for general enquiries and bookings. The house is not staffed every day, therefore you may need to leave a message and staff will get back to you as soon as possible. The best times to guarantee a member of staff will pick up the phone is to call on days where there is advertised opening.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - for general enquiries apart from opening hours which you will find further up this page (please note that this is an email address for the whole museum service so please state the building you are interested in). Please call the house for bookings as we are not able to take bookings via email. If you are interested in finding out about school visits please go to our Museums for Schools page and find out more about our sessions for schools before contacting us.
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Become a friend
We relaunched 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, help to run our tearoom or help to garden the grounds etc please call 0121 553 0759.
Other information for visitors
- Entrance to Oak House is usually free, but there is sometimes a small charge for some activities.
- Opening times may vary for special activities, please ring site for details.
- There is currently no disabled access to the first floor of the house.
- We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside the museum building but we can in the visitor centre.
- Suitable footwear must be worn inside Oak House- due to the age of the flooring we cannot allow stiletto heels to be worn inside the building.
- Please mind your step when walking on the Oak House drive.
- The playground area is open when the museum is open and not at other times unless advertised.
- Children MUST be accompanied by an adult on site.
- There is no smoking anywhere on the Oak House site or grounds
- No dogs except guide dogs.
- Souvenirs are available from our small museum shop.
- More information about access to the building. Sandwell Museums Access Statement.
- Please note that the playground is part of the Oak House museum grounds
- Shoes must be worn on the playground and on site at all times
- No dogs apart from guide dogs are allowed on site
- There is no smoking anywhere in the Oak House grounds
- Please use the bins provided or take your litter home
- No ball games in the playground area, please use the old bowling green at the back of the house or the grass area in front of the house
- Bikes should be left in the bike parking in front of the barns.