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.
Departure of the Penistone volunteers, 1915

The Road to War

  • 22 September 2014 — 11 January 2015 *on now

Marking the centenary of the First World War, the first in a series of three exhibitions at Experience Barnsley tells the story of the First World War through the eyes of local people. The exhibition explores the first year of the conflict, looking at local recruitment and the fever of call-up for Barnsley’s soldiers. Most people thought it would be over by Christmas.

In following exhibitions in 2016 and 2018 we will follow their journey, through call up to armistice and discover how the war affected their lives and the lives of their families at home.

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.
Wartime Family Christmas


  • 21 — 23 December 2014 *on now

Take a step back in time and recreate Christmas during the war. Discover how families celebrated this festive period during wartime and make your own creative decorations.
Saturday 20th December - Tuesday 23rd December, 11am-1pm. Free drop-in.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
Coal Not Dole - Shattered


  • 7 March 2015 11am-12:30pm

If we live in a world of equality, why are women still holding the baby? Rebecca Asher, author of 'Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality' joins some of the women involved in the strike to find out if women's lives have really changed over the last 30 years.
11am - 12:30pm, free but booking advised. 01226 772500.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
Coal Not Dole - The Return to Work


  • 7 March 2015 2-3pm

A unique theatre piece exploring a miner's return to work, reflecting on a year gone by and the aftermath for communities.
2pm-3pm, free but booking advised. 01226 772500.
Young children to be accompanied by an adult. Contains graphic language.

This event is part of Experience Barnsley's year long programme of events looking back at the miner's strike of 1984/85.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+