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Beamish Museum is an open-air museum in the form of a town from the Victorian era and early 20th century. On over 140 ha, a fully functional town was reconstructed, with a bank, shops and a workshop, a mine, as well as two rural farms. This is not a typical open-air museum, and the "living" town, its streets are walked by residents in period costumes that can be seen when performing daily activities. You can walk around the town or take a bus or tram ride.
Although the concept of the museum was born in the late 1950s, the facility was not opened until 1972. In subsequent years, it was expanded with further elements, in the eighties and nineties they were, among others pub, school, chapel and several shops. The expansion is still underway, and plans are to erect buildings such as a police station, fire department and forge.