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 a 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. From a traditional Guernsey farmhouse kitchen through to the 20th century growing industry, the museum offers insights into all aspects Guernsey’s past life.
Costume lovers will enjoy special exhibitions from our nationally acclaimed costume collection, cared for by our costume volunteers under the guidance of Costume Curator, Caro Drake. Selections from any of the over 8,000 pieces held by the museum are on display throughout every season.
A visit would be incomplete without a visit to the museum shop which offers a range of local and traditional gifts and sweets for all ages and all tastes.

NEW FOR 2019:

2019 marks an important year for the National Trust of Guernsey’s Folk and Costume Museum and we will be showcasing more of the best and most intriguing items held within the Island’s largest collection of local historic Island costume, with three exhibitions:

·         Are we amused? Victorian dress of Guernsey: to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, this year’s display celebrates a time of great economic success for the Guernsey, reflected in the costume and dress of the time. Those times, however, were not always happy and glorious, with the untimely death of Prince Albert aged just 42. A selection of mourning-wear and accessories evidence Victorian wealth and grief, reflected in the fashions of this period.

·         Guernsey with a small ‘g’: in partnership with other local groups, the museum is showcasing the ‘guernsey’ this year and its place within the wider island knitting industry. The museum will tell the story of this iconic Island item, from the earliest records to how it still plays a part in the social fabric of the Island today.

·         When the smoke settles: following the 100 year anniversary marking the end of the First World War, we look at some items showcasing the after-effects for the people of Guernsey, following the events of Cambrai and Passchendaele. A small display of items, unique to Guernsey’s regiments and people,  tells the story of how Islanders who fought and stayed behind, faced recovery from the impacts of the Great War. 

2019 Dates & Opening Times:
Tuesday 2 April – Thursday 31 October 2019
Open 7 days a week:
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm)
Sunday: 11am – 3pm
Closed Liberation Day, Thursday 9 May, 2019

Private tours (including School groups) can be accommodated by prior arrangement outside of these times.

Entry fees:
Standard rates:
Adults £6
Concessions (OAP/Student): £4
Children (7-18) £2 Children (Under 7): FREE
National Trust (Worldwide) and La Société Guernesiaise Members: FREE

Group Rates and Tour Guides Information

Please contact Museum Administration by email: fcm@nationaltrust.gg 

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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