Thanks to the National Trust of Guernsey you can come and a step back in time to enjoy the fascinating historic collections unique to this island with a visit to The Folk and Costume Museum at Saumarez Park.

What does the museum offer:

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 Gillian Lenfestey. 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 2016:

For 2016 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.

  • The Unmentionables: Ever wondered what was hidden beneath many of the fashions during the 19th and early 20th Centuries well visit the museum and see our brand new display showcasing a wide selection of underwear and night clothing worn in Guernsey throughout the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
  • Island Uniforms: A considerable part of museum’s costume collection is an assortment of islander’s uniforms dating from various periods over the last 150 years. These cover many facets of Guernsey life from schools and youth groups to the island’s Royal Guernsey Militia. If you want to see a unique selection of one off island uniforms and uniforms for British organisations with a Guernsey twist you will find them on display at the museum in 2016.

2016 Dates & Opening Times:
Tuesday 15th March – Tuesday 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 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: