Macclesfield Museums

The Silk Museum Macclesfield
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Macclesfield Museums - four fascinating museums with an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and activities: The Silk Museum tells Macclesfield's silk heritage story, from 18th century silk buttons to silk escape maps and parachutes. It examines the properties of silk, how it is woven, printed and dyed. Discover some of the well-known Macclesfield silk manufacturers and their looms. and the designs of Macclesfield School of Art students.
Paradise Mill is the only site in the country with working Jacquard handlooms in their original location - take a guided tour and see them weave their magic!
The Old Sunday School is a community hub with a shop, café, meetings rooms, Makers’ Place of craftspeople, cinema and auditorium; it houses displays interpreting the building and the town, with a small temporary community display and workshop area. The "MBs' Trip Up the Nile" exhibition tells the story of explorer Marianne Brocklehurst - she travelled to Egypt and collected treasures to bring back to Macclesfield including a beautiful mummy case which is on display.
West Park Museum houses more of Marianne Brocklehurst's collection, and a selection of fine art and local history artefacts.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Industrial heritage site, Gallery

Opening hours

The Old Sunday School Monday-Saturday 10.00-16.00
The Silk Museum (November-March) Monday-Saturday 10.00-15.00, (April-November) Monday-Saturday 10.00-16.00
West Park Museum (November-March) Wednesday-Sunday 13.00-16.00, (April-November) Tuesday-Saturday 13.00-16.00
Paradise Mill (November-March) Tours at 12noon Monday-Friday, 12noon & 1pm Saturday, (April-November) Tours at 11.45am, 1pm & 2.15pm

Admission charges

The Old Sunday School and West Park Museum - admission is free.
The Silk Museum (including Special Exhibition) £4.50/£4 concessions/children free, Special Exhibition only £2/children free.
Paradise Mill £5/£4.50 concessions/children free.
Combined ticket for The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill £8/£7 concessions/children free.

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
Getting there

All Macclesfield Museums can be easily accessed from the A523, A536 and A537. All sites are a 5 to 15 minute walk from Macclesfield Train Station and Bus Station.

Additional info

At The Silk Museum, step-free access is available, please ring the bell for assistance. There is a lift to the first floor displays.
Paradise Mill is not accessible to wheelchair users.
The Old Sunday School and West Park Museum are step-free throughout.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Industry

Getting there

All Macclesfield Museums can be easily accessed from the A523, A536 and A537. All sites are a 5 to 15 minute walk from Macclesfield Train Station and Bus Station.

Macclesfield Museums
The Silk Museum
Park Lane
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 6TJ
England

Website

Details of all four venues, seasonal opening times, access information, exhibitions and event listings.

https://macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk/

E-mail

General enquiries

info@silkmacclesfield.org.uk

Telephone

The Old Sunday School

01625 613210

Park Lane Galleries

01625 612045

Fax

The Silk Museum

01625 612045

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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