The eldest of those six children, Vivian Barlow, inherited the house. Vivian traveled a great deal and accumulated a substantial collection of items from around the world and also served the war effort in World War I. Barlow's uniform can be viewed inside the museum along with a wide variety of items that are unique and reflect the history of an era. The museum allows visitors to see pieces of what the early 20th-century world was like in many different parts of the world.
The artifacts vary greatly. Some as family memorabilia, such as photographs, or Carrie Barlow's wedding gown. There are also family portraits and antique jewelry. Other such items sourced from outside of the family include various Chinese decorative items and glassware from various European regions.