• “Well worth the visit. Good variety. Kept my interest. Would recommend to all.”

    Cathy M

    Folk & Costume Museum
  • “Very interesting. The whole family enjoyed it here.”

    Claire

    Folk & Costume Museum
  • “Great tourist venue and good place to explore the old Guernsey. Free parking, in a lovely park, great venue especially in less than perfect weather, to take the kids. Nice cafe with inside and outside seating.”

    Maggie

    Folk & Costume Museum

Folk & Costume Museum

Travel back to a simpler time at the National Trust of Guernsey's Folk and Costume Museum. The story of Guernsey's people is set out using items from the past 250 years in displays showing how they learned, worked and played.

The National Trust of Guernsey Costume Collection showcases garments and accessories drawn from the Island's largest collection of clothing and textiles, with each display annually curated and presented. 

Less than a 15 minute drive from the town centre of St Peter Port and easily accessible by bus, the Museum is access-friendly for all visitors. The Founders' Room and Courtyard are available to hire for private functions.

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Information

The Folk and Costume Museum is open from early Spring through to October each year. Permanent exhibitions depicting the story of Islanders combine with annually changing costume exhibitions.

The much-admired annual Museum Christmas Shop is open from mid-November until just before Christmas and a Christmas Courtyard Market is held in the second week of December. 

2021 dates and opening times
7 Apr to 31 Oct (closed 9 May, Liberation Day)
7 days a week: 10am - 5pm (Last entry 4.15pm)
Entry
Adults: £6 | Student/Children 7-18: £3 | Children U7: FREE
National Trust (worldwide) and La Société Guernesiaise Members: FREE
The Museum is access-friendly



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The Folk Museum at Saumarez Park first opened its doors in 1968.

Over the years, the Museum grew from an original collection of traditional farm implements donated by Advocate Walter Langlois,  into a rich and vivid representation of Guernsey folk and island life.

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Folk & Costume Museum as an event location

The Founders' Room & Courtyard 

A newly created exhibition space and reception area lead directly onto the Courtyard, providing an all-weather meeting place set in unique heritage surroundings.

Learn more about holding an event at Folk & Costume Museum
Tours and group visits

Scheduled guided tours 1 May to 18 Sept
Each Friday: 10.30am and 2.30pm lasting approx. 45 mins.

Adults: £8 | Student/Children 7-18: £5 | Children U7: FREE.
Includes free entry to the Museum. No pre-booking. Allocated on a first come first served basis, tour size 10-15 people.

For visiting group tour bookings, please contact the Museum Manager.

Contact: Merrie Jee, Museum Manager
T: 01481 255384
E: fcm@nationaltrust.gg

How to find us

Perry's guide: 15G2

Bus routes: 41 and 42

Location: Saumarez Park, Castel, GY5 7UJ

Facilities and Access

Geocaching: Yes

Parking: Yes

Family: Yes

Refreshments: Salvatore's Cafe at Saumarez Park

WC: Public facilities at Saumarez Park

Access: Ground floor access friendly with lift to second floor Costume Exhibitions

Terrain: Level with cobbled courtyard and surrounding parkland

“The Museum exhibitions possess a wonderful attention to the minutiae of life and create an intriguing bridge between the past and the present”

Folk & Costume Museum

Travel back to a simpler time at the National Trust of Guernsey's Folk and Costume Museum. The story of Guernsey's people is set out using items from the past 250 years in displays showing how they learned, worked and played.

The National Trust of Guernsey Costume Collection showcases garments and accessories drawn from the Island's largest collection of clothing and textiles, with each display annually curated and presented. 

Less than a 15 minute drive from the town centre of St Peter Port and easily accessible by bus, the Museum is access-friendly for all visitors. The Founders' Room and Courtyard are available to hire for private functions.

“The Museum exhibitions possess a wonderful attention to the minutiae of life and create an intriguing bridge between the past and the present”

The Folk Museum at Saumarez Park first opened its doors in 1968.

Over the years, the Museum grew from the original collection of traditional farm implements into a rich and vivid representation of life in Victorian Guernsey.

Set out as a series of furnished rooms of the 1800s, the Museum features a country kitchen, a classroom, a bedroom and a children’s nursery. Traditional Island industries are reflected throughout the premises. An ever-popular exhibit is Lauren House, a four-storey doll’s townhouse, which shows in detail life in late Victorian/early Edwardian days, at one-twelfth of actual size.

In 2008, the Museum was renamed The Folk and Costume Museum, with newly-built costume exhibition areas. The National Trust of Guernsey Costume Collection consists of over 8,000 items, ranging from 18th century to 20th century items, all with local provenance. Costume exhibitions are changed each year.

The Folk and Costume Museum Shop, stocked with Guernsey jumpers, artisan crafts, traditional toys and bespoke chocolate, is set in and amongst a site of granite farm buildings nestled around a cobbled courtyard, where events are held. Private functions may also be held at The Folk and Costume Museum Courtyard.

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Folk & Costume Museum

A newly created exhibition space and reception area lead directly onto the Courtyard, providing an all-weather meeting place set in unique heritage surroundings.

  • Event management can be arranged
  • Rates from £70 per hour.
  • 20% Corporate Member discounts
  • 10% NTG Member discounts

Please contact Merrie Jee, Museum Manager

T: 07781 127476
E: fcm@nationaltrust.gg