Rutland County Museum

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Rutland County Museum is the perfect introduction to England's smallest county. The Museum is a guide to the history of Rutland and includes displays of local archaeology, history and an extensive rural life collection. The site itself is also remarkable as the Museum is set in the old riding school of the Rutland Fencible Cavalry.

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Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri 10.00 - 16.00
Sat 10.00 - 16.00
Sun, Tues, Thurs - Closed
Bank Holidays - Closed

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Good Friday

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

Public pay-and-display car parks within easy walking distance.

The Museum has an extensive rural life collection, including tractors, farm equipment and waggons on display in the Riding School and in the adjoining Courtyard, where can be found the game larder of Lord Lonsdale, one of the famous Rutland characters whose stories can be found here.

The collections include a wide range of rural tradesmen's tools, domestic and social history material, Rutland's standard weights and measures, and local archaeology.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Law and Order, Personalities, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Key artists and exhibits

  • One special exhibit is the early 13th century Limoges enamel reliquary from Rutland's only priory at Brooke, found in 1805 and acquired for the museum in 1997 with grant aid from the National Art Collections Fund, the V&A/MGC Purchase Grant Fund, and the museum's Friends.
  • The jewel of our tractor collection is a 1916 Saunderson Model G, purchased with the assistance of the Friends and the Science Museum.
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.
Children following a trail of animal footprints

Where's Woolly?

  • 13 May 2016 6-8pm

Do you have what it takes to track down "Woolly" the Giant Mammoth? Use your tracking skills to find and follow his footprints.

But be careful where you step - you will encounter other dangerous creatures along the way. And it will be dark with the sounds of thunder, fire and rain in the background.

Bring the Prehistoric Britain back to life at the Rutland County Museum and become a hunter-gatherer tracking down his next meal.

Once you have found "Woolly", why not visit "Smilo's Cave" to create your own cave art, listen to the adventures of stone age hunter-gatherers, create a woolly mammoth mask, handle original stone age artefacts or simply relax and enjoy the sounds of Prehistoric Britain from 10,000 years ago.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


No need to book. Please pay at the front desk when you arrive!

Rutland County Museum
Catmos Street
LE15 6HW


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General Information

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Museum Adminstration

01572 758440


01572 758445

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