Welcome to the National Trust of Guernsey’s Folk and Costume Museum at Saumarez Park, where visitors can come along and take a step back in time to enjoy the Trust’s fascinating historic collections, unique to Guernsey.


The Folk and Costume Museum is a flagship visitor attraction housed within a cluster of meticulously renovated traditional buildings set within the largest public park on the island, less than 15 minute drive from the town centre of St Peter Port.

Learn about the history of Guernsey’s people over the past 250 years. Displays tell the story of daily life for those at home, at school or working in one of the local industries that dominated much of life on Guernsey until the late 20th century. Following from a traditional Guernsey farmhouse kitchen through to the 20th century growing industry the museum offers insights into all aspects of what life was like in Guernsey’s past.

Costume lovers will enjoy special exhibitions from our nationally acclaimed costume collection cared for by our costume volunteers. Selections from any of the over 8,000 pieces held by the museum are on display throughout every season.

Any visit would not be complete without a visit to the museum shop which offers a range of local and traditional gifts and sweets for all tastes.

NEW FOR 2017:

For 2017, the museum will be celebrating a diverse range of topics from Guernsey’s social history highlighting some of the often ignored aspects of Guernsey’s past.

  • Accessorise: a selection of accessory items from our museum store, showing the use of accessories in Guernsey to personalise and tailor islanders dress to represent their own unique character over the years. Everything from hats to shoes will be on display, giving a close up top-to-bottom look at the accenting items of Island fashion over the years.
  • Sun, Sea and Sand: a look at the more colourful side of Guernsey during the summer, with a selection of items depicting the trends and fashions of tourists and locals, in the sun, sea and sand of Guernsey throughout the last 120 years.
  • Iconic Guernsey: to showcase the historic nature of old Guernsey this year, the museum will be exhibiting a selection of iconic Island fashions that have defined the Guernsey over the last 250 years and are now instantly recognisable as part of the Island’s social history. Guernsey Bonnets, Sabot shoes, farmer smocks and the world famous ‘Guernsey’ will all be on display this year, as iconic items of Island dress.

2017 Dates & Opening Times:
Wednesday 15th March – Wednesday 1st November
Open 7 days a week (Closed Liberation Day, May 9th)
10.00am – 5.00pm (Last entry 4.15pm)
Private tours (including School groups) can be accommodated by prior arrangement outside of these times.

Entry fees:
Adults £5.00 Concessions (OAPs and Tour Group rate): £4 Children / Students (6-18): £2 Children (Under 6): FREE
National Trust (Worldwide) and La Societe Guernesiaise Members: FREE

For Group Rates please contact the museum directly on 01481 255384 or email folkmuseumntgsy@cwgsy.net for a complete breakdown of prices plus additional offerings for your tour.

How to find us:
Saumarez Park, Castel, GY5 7UJ (Perry’s Guide Map 15G2)
Accessible using the following bus routes: 41 and 42
Buses leave the Town Terminus every 15 minutes. Alight from the bus at Saumarez Park.
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For more information please contact us by telephone: 01481 255384 or e-mail: folkmuseumntgsy@cwgsy.net