Melton Carnegie Museum

Melton Carnegie Museum
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Fox hunting, Stilton cheese and pork pies, local history, sporting art and much, much more!

Melton Mowbray is a medieval market town, and was the only Leicestershire market recorded in the 1086 Domesday Survey.
Find out about the enthralling history of the town at the Melton Carnegie Museum, located in beautiful old Carnegie Library built in 1905. See the excellent permanent displays, interactive areas and seasonal exhibitions on all aspects of local history. See Events and Exhibitions for more information. Don't forget to walk the Melton Mowbray Heritage Trail as part of your visit!

Stilton Cheese and Pork Pies from Melton Mowbray are famous all around the world. Explore the history of these trades and others including saddlery and shoemaking and the impact they had on the town.

Go back even further in time to see how the Romans, Anglo Saxons, Normans, Tudors, Georgians and Victorians would have lived in the area. Or learn what happened to the borough throughout the war years.

We are currently developing a new Community Archive, a local history resource generated by people in the area. Taking Part is an oral history project all about sport. Melton Carnegie Museum also has an extensive library of literature on the subject of fox hunting.

We offer educational services for visitors and we invite schools and groups to contact us to plan a visit to the museum.

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Opening hours

Open 10am – 4.30pm 7 days a week

Admission charges

Adults: Free
Children: Free
OAPs: Free
Friends: Free

Stilton Cheese and Pork Pies from Melton Mowbray are famous all around the world. Explore the history of these trades and others including saddlery, shoemaking and tinsmithing and the impact they had on the town.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Sport, Social History, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Fox hunting
  • Talking Part - Sport Oral History Archive
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Archaeology of Melton

  • 5 May — 25 July 2015 *on now

See the recently re-displayed archaeology gallery covering Melton’s past from prehistoric to post-medieval times, including recently acquired Treasure finds.


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 archaeology activities at Melton Carnegie Museum

  • 11 July 2015 10am-4:30pm

Kids drop-in activities with an archaeology theme. Use a metal detector to locate objects then excavate them in the Museum’s sand pit.


Melton Carnegie Museum
Thorpe End
Melton Mowbray
LE13 1RB




0116 305 3860

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