Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre
Town Hall
Church Street
South Yorkshire
S70 2TA





01226 773950

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Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre
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Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of Barnsley. Visitors will uncover the incredible story of Barnsley told through centuries-old artefacts, documents, films and recordings that have been donated by people living and working in the borough.

Unique, hands-on and interactive exhibits encourage visitors to explore the people and places of Barnsley, ultimately leading them to discover a town with amazing stories and a rich and diverse heritage.

Experience Barnsley is a fun, exciting and interesting day out for all the family.

Admission to the Museum and Discovery Centre is free.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Monday to Friday
9am to 4pm

10am to 4pm

11am to 4pm

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Brilliant and Bizarre

  • 23 March — 28 June 2015 *on now

An exhibition of objects and archives gifted to Experience Barnsley since opening in June 2013. On display will be an unexpectedly wide variety of items including a Sooty xylophone, a Wolsey string vest and pants, a biography of Abraham Lincoln, and a Max Bygraves record. It’s all about Barnsley!

Visitors can also vote for the items in the exhibition which you would like to see on display in the museum galleries afterwards.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Barnsley Goes Stateside

  • 1 April — 8 May 2015 *on now

April 15th marks the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln. In this small exhibition, we aim to highlight links between Barnsley and the U.S.

Highlights in the archive collections include the commemorative biography that was received in Barnsley from the U.S. administration in 1865, and letters that were sent back to Barnsley from both emigrants and those fighting in the American War of Independence.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Service Please! The co-op in Barnsley

  • 6 July — 27 September 2015

Step back in time and explore the Barnsley British Co-operative society through a Heritage Lottery Funded project.

We want to record your stories and memories about the Co-op. You can get involved in the exhibition and events by loaning your Co-op memorabilia. Do you remember your divi share number?

Contact us at experiencebarnsley@barnsley.gov.uk to get involved.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Family History Surgeries

  • 22 April 2015
  • 20 May 2015

Are you a beginner to family history? Not sure where to start? Book a free 30 minute session with a member of the Archives team to gain one-to-one advice on how to start your research.

Free admission, booking essential on 01226 773950.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly