The museum was established in 1978. It is housed in an 18th-century farmhouse and two cottages. The museum is a registered charity (No. 509615) and is largely run by volunteers. The exhibit rooms include presentations on Hornsea Pottery in the cottages. The museum forms part of the Holderness museums collaboration.
The farmhouse was occupied by the Burn family for almost 300 years. The museum presents Victorian rural life and local history concerning north Holderness. The exhibit rooms present life in Victorian times, including a bedroom, the dairy, kitchen, parlour, and wash-house. Outside the farmhouse are a barn, craft workshops, and a Victorian street scene. In addition, there are local history displays, a Victorian school room, and a garden.