Step inside the house at Dunham Massey
We’re delighted to be able to reopen the house and welcome you back indoors from Monday 17 May. Things are a little bit different since we were last open, with one-way systems and safety procedures in place, and new stories to be told seven days a week. On weekdays the ground floor of the house will be open, showcasing fascinating objects from the extensive collection, displayed in the familiar setting of a traditional country house. On weekends, the Servants’ Courtyard is open showing how servants lived and worked here in the past.
In this article:
- Opening times
- Booking a visit
- Staying safe
- Weekday visits
- Don't miss... 100 Aspects of the Moon
- Weekend visits for all the family
- History of Dunham Massey
Ground floor: Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm).
Servants’ Courtyard: Saturday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm).
If you book a ticket for the gardens and park, you may also be able to visit the house. Visits to the houses are limited to ensure safe, social distancing and so we can't guarantee you’ll be able to view the house on the day you visit.
We know people will be disappointed if that's the case, but we ask for your support and patience during this time. Tickets to visit Dunham Massey can be booked here.
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. We’ve introduced a new one-way route through the house and will limit visitor numbers so you may need to queue for a short while on arrival.
You’ll find sanitising points at the entrance and exit of the house, and sinks for hand washing can be found in the toilets at the Visitor Centre and Stables Courtyard. In line with government guidelines, you’re required to wear a face covering in indoor places, unless you’re exempt, so please bring one with you. We are also participating in the NHS Test & Trace programme and will be asking anyone visiting the house to scan the app or leave brief contact details.
Ground floor, Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 4pm
While the first floor of the house is not currently open, there are still plenty of stories to be found on the ground floor. This year we’ll be showcasing fascinating objects from the extensive collection, displayed in the familiar setting of a traditional country house. From objects showing the 10th Earl's collecting habits, to the oldest painting at Dunham, there is plenty to discover. Make sure not to miss any of the highlights listed below on your visit:
This year, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s 100 Aspects of the Moon (1885–1892) will be displayed for the first time. Unified by the presence of the moon in each of the 100 woodblock prints, this series is often described as Yoshitoshi’s masterpiece work and portrays scenes from Japanese and Chinese history, literature and mythology.
Yoshitoshi was very aware of the traditions being lost amongst his countryfolk and used his work to celebrate the glorious and colourful past of Japan. His work reflects the intensity of social changes in Japan at the time, although he was unique in the way his work explores human emotion and psychology. Yoshitoshi used new techniques and methods in his work, creating an interesting tension between modernity and traditionalism in workmanship and subject.
This copy was given to the last Earl and his sister when they were children by Madame Kato in 1902. Madame Kato remains an elusive figure in the Dunham archive and research into her connection with the family is ongoing.
Due to the traditional, but delicate, East Asian concertina binding, we’re only able to show four prints at once. Check back in August when we’ll be changing the display to reveal different techniques that Yoshitoshi used.
Gyokuto – Songoku (Jade Rabbit – Sun Wukong), 1886
A tale from the 16th century Chinese epic novel “Journey to the West”, where the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) accompanies the monk Xuanzang on his pilgrimage to collect Buddhist sacred texts (sutras) from the West. In this depiction, he carries his magic staff and dances with the Jade Rabbit, the white rabbit that is said to live in the moon.
The Monkey King acquires several supernatural powers, including great strength, speed and fighting skill, and the ability to transform into various animals and objects. When he was appointed to ‘Guardian of the Heavenly Peach Garden’, he steals and eats three peaches, granting him immortality.
The staff which he carries in this depiction is his special weapon; he is the only creature strong enough to wield its 13,500 jin (7960kg) weight. It can change size, fly and attack opponents according to his will. When not being used, the Monkey King shrinks it to the size of a sewing needle and stores it behind his ear.
Servants' Courtyard, Saturday – Sunday, 12 noon – 4pm
Step back in time and explore the Servants' Courtyard as it comes alive with history every weekend. Drop in for 20 minutes and experience what life was like for Dunham's servants over one hundred years ago. Join scullery maid Bertha as she goes about her day; getting up early and undertaking all kind of jobs before going to bed to get ready to do the same tomorrow!
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