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

Saturday
10am to 4pm

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
11am to 4pm

Admission charges

Free

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

HEROES: VIKING KINGS, CONQUERORS AND EXPLORERS

  • 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.

OPENING TIMES
MON - FRI 9am - 4pm
SAT 10am - 4pm
SUN (AND BANK HOLIDAYS) 11am - 4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/heroes-viking-kings-conquerors-and-explorers

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.
Saturday morning talks

SATURDAY MORNING TALKS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE VIKING AGE

  • 14 May 2016 11am-12:30pm

Saturday morning talks
- A series of fascinating talks in connection to our Viking Heroes Exhibition.
Dr Steven Ashby, University of York "An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Viking Age"
£3.50 per person. Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.50 per person. Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com
or pay in person or over the phone at the Experience Barnsley Visitor Centre 01226 772500

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/morning-talk-dr-steven-ashby-university-of-york

How to Train Your Dragon Poster

SATURDAY MORNING FILM SCREENING - HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (PG)

  • 21 May 2016 10am-12pm

Join us for a special screening of How to Train Your Dragon - a fun family film. Why not bring along your own pet dragon to watch with you.

10am | £3 per person (under two's and pet dragons free)
Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

10am | £3 per person (under two's and pet dragons free)
Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/saturday-morning-film-screening-how-to-train-your-dragon-pg

The Vikings are Coming!

THE VIKINGS ARE COMING

  • 28 May — 5 June 2016

Get ready for an invasion! Come along to the Learning Lab and make your own shield, beard and helmet. You can then see our new Viking exhibition dressed as the real thing!

For budding jewellery designers, you can also sketch a brooch in the galleries too.
11am - 2pm | Free drop-in activity

For under 5's, we have a new Viking themed play area, including a soft-toy farmstead, storytelling campsite and costumes. This is open Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 4pm and Sun 11am - 4pm.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 0-4

Admission

Free drop-in activity. In busy periods, there maybe a short wait.

Asterix and the Vikings

SATURDAY MORNING FILM SCREENING - ASTERIX AND THE VIKINGS (U)

  • 28 May 2016 10am-12pm

Join us for a special screening of the animation classic, Asterix and the Vikings - a fun family film.

10am | £3 per person (Under two's free)
Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

10am | £3 per person (Under two's free)
Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/saturday-afternoon-film-screening-asterix-and-the-vikings-u

Runic Jewellery

RUNIC JEWELLERY MAKING WORKSHOP

  • 11 June 2016 12:30-3:30pm

Create a stunning silver pendant and a pair of silver drop earrings using runic symbols in this Viking inspired adult workshop, led by local jewellery designer Julie Pratt.
£30 per person. No previous experience required. Booking essential at shop.barnsley-museums.com

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£30 per person. No previous experience required.
Booking essential at shop.barnsley-museums.com
or pay in person or over the phone at the Experience Barnsley Visitor Centre 01226 772500

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/runic-jewellery-making-workshop

Saturday Morning Talks

SATURDAY MORNING TALKS: POMMELS AND PENNIES; VIKING AND SAXON FINDS RECORDS IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE

  • 18 June 2016 11am-12:30pm

Saturday Morning Talks
- A series of fascinating talks in connection to our Viking Heroes Exhibition.
Amy Downes, Portable Antiquities Scheme "Pommels and Pennies; Viking and Saxon finds recorded in South Yorkshire.

£3.50 per person. Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3.50 per person. Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com
or pay in person or over the phone at the Experience Barnsley Visitor Centre 01226 772500

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/morning-talk-amy-downes-portable-antiques-scheme

Saturday Morning Talks

SATURDAY MORNING TALKS: JOANNE HARRIS MBE "NORSE MYTHS AND THEIR ENDURING APPEAL"

  • 25 June 2016 11am-12:30pm

Saturday Morning Talks
- A series of fascinating talks in connection to our Viking Heroes exhibition.
Joanne Harris MBE, novelist "Norse myths and their enduring appeal"

£3.50 per person. Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£3.50 per person. Booking recommended at shop.barnsley-museums.com
or pay in person or over the phone at the Experience Barnsley Visitor Centre 01226 772500

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/morning-talk-joanne-harris-mbe-novelist

Rusla the Red Maiden

"RUSLA THE RED MAIDEN" with QDOS CREATES

  • 16 July 2016 10am-4pm
  • 17 July 2016 11am-4pm

Come and hear Rusla tell the story of her brother, who lost the drown of Denmark and how she sailed with a fleet to Iceland, Denmark and the British Isles to avenge him.
Then little explorers will be able to create their own Viking Warrior character, name and story and have chance to act out their tale.
Free admission - please check website for workshop times.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission - please check website for workshop times.

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/rusla-the-red-maiden-with-qdos-creates

Viking Storytelling

VIKING STORYTELLINGS

  • 23 July 2016 10am-4pm
  • 24 July 2016 11am-4pm
  • 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

Admission

Free admission - please check website for storytelling times.

Website

http://www.experience-barnsley.com/viking-storytelling

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

Website

E-mail

experiencebarnsley@barnsley.gov.uk

Telephone

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.
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