Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre

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:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Archive, Library

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
9am to 4pm

10am to 4pm

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
11am to 4pm

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Heroes @ Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre


  • 30 April — 14 August 2016 *on now

What makes a hero? Power, bravery, determination? This exhibition from Jorvik Viking Centre allows you to discover some of the hero 'celebrities' of the Viking world. They include Eric Bloodaxe - last Viking king of York, King Cnut the Great, Harald Bluetooth - Christian and king, and Harald Hardrada - the thunderbolt of the North.

Explore how they were celebrated and commemorated and what archaeological evidence can tell us about their stories. Uncover the superpowers of the Viking gods, such as Thor and Odin through story and play.

As well as our exciting new exhibition, let your little ones get hands on in our new play area - a Viking settlement and farmstead.

* This exhibition contains skeletal human remains.

MON - FRI 9am - 4pm
SAT 10am - 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.
Viking Storytelling


  • 30 July 2016 10am-4pm
  • 31 July 2016 11am-4pm
  • 6 August 2016 10am-4pm
  • 7 August 2016 11am-4pm
  • 13 August 2016 10am-4pm
  • 14 August 2016 11am-4pm

Come and hear the stories told by the scalds through the long winter nights in the Viking Longhouse. From Beowulf to Olaf, our Viking storytellers will bring these heroic tales to like.
Free admission - please check website for storytelling times.
Saturday & Sundays 23 July to 14th August, throughout the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission - please check website for storytelling times.



The Great War on Tour

Tim Lynch & the Great War on Tour at Experience Barnsley

  • 17 September 2016 10am-3pm

Join Doncaster 1914-18 and Museum Sheffield for a talk by Tim Lynch on the Somme. The Great War on Tour will also be on hand telling some of the stories of the men from the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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





Experience Barnsley Visitor Centre

01226 772500

Barnsley Archives

01226 773950

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.