Oak House in West Bromwich is a delightful half-timbered yeoman farmer's house built about 1620 with brick additions at the rear built in the 1650s as the family wealth and status grew. The Turton family who are associated with the house at this time were Yeoman (posh farmers) and nail makers; later expanding to also be gulgropers (money lenders), making loans to impoverished royalist gentry after the English Civil War. This connected the family to gentry families and meant that John Turton was making far more money than ever before and even managed to find his daughter a husband amongst the gentry, propelling the family up the social scale. You can find out more about the Turtons in the Old Barn with our talking barrels! We don't know how Oak House got its name - it certainly isn't due to the oak trees which grew around it as we know the timbers to build the Oak House came from at least 20 miles away. By the 1600s there were virtually no trees at all on Bromwich Heath and the area was probably pretty bleak.
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.
Oak House, Back parlour, where the Turtons often died
Opening times - When we are open...
Beginning of April to end of September
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: House open - 2pm - 5pm. (Site opens 1:30pm including Visitor Centre, the Old Barn, and the playground and the house itself opens at 2pm). Last admission to the site is 4.30pm. Open at other times for special events and activities
October and November
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Site and house opens 1pm (including, visitor centre, Old Barn and information about the Turton family, playground and grounds)- site closes 4pm, Last admission is 3:30pm. Open at other times for special events and activities
December to March
Open only for special activities, schools and pre-booked groups. Look out for our lively Christmas programmes and festive activities and school holiday activities during February half term, visit our events listing page for details. You can visit the museum on Wednesday 4th and Wednesday 11 December 11am-2pm and see this beautiful house decorated for Christmas and meet the servant in the kitchen.
Closed to all visitors and groups for our annual deep clean, maintenance and planning. we take no bookings during January
Visit our events listing page for Bank Holiday opening.
- Other times: We are open at other times other than those stated above for pre-booked and regular groups and schools as well as special events and activities as listed on our events page.
- The grounds and playground area are 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. No dogs other than assistance dogs are allowed in the grounds.
- Entrance: Entrance to the museum is FREE unless a specific charge for certain events and activities is stated.
- Please note that the times below are opening times for casual/general visitors. We are available or open at other times for advertised special activities and events, some Bank Holiday Mondays, school holiday activities, school bookings, tours, projects etc. Find out about additional opening times, bank holiday opening or our activities programme and what's on
- no stiletto heels inside the main house please - we advice flat or low heeled shoes only due to the uneven surfaces and nature of the historic flooring.
- NB: during school holidays, family activities take precedence so some rooms may be closed or have restricted access and the site will be busy with families during the week. Check out our what's on page to make the most of your visit.
Exciting times for the Oak House
Our visitor centre located in of of our historic barns opened on 6 July 2014 and there is also information 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. In 2017 we displayed 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 please don;t call on Mondays)
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.
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 and not on event days. Parking directly outside the museum is limited to one hour.
Well I never knew that! Museum musings.
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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 who are very welcome)
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 or on instagram @sandwellmuseums #sandwellmuseums
- You can follow the new Discover Sandwell website for Sandwell activities, events and what's on to see and do. This new site is being developed all the time!
- 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 the best times to guarantee a member of staff will pick up the phone is to call on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
- Museum Service Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - please note that this is an email address for the whole museum service so please state the building you are interested in. Information about opening times, parking, access etc is above. Follow the link to our events and activities page 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 on site 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.
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