Milton Keynes Museum

Milton Keynes Museum
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Welcome to Milton Keynes Museum, where we preserve the history of Britain's newest city. Housed in a beautiful Victorian farmstead, our large and constantly changing selection of displays have something for all the family.

The museum follows the history of the Milton Keynes area, including North Buckinghamshire and South Northamptonshire, from 1800 to the present day. Our collections include social, domestic, industrial and agricultural items with a connection to the area: each has a story to tell!

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

01 April- 31 October
Wed-Sun 11:00-16:30
01 November - 31 March
Sat-Sun 11:00-16:30
See our website for other event details

Closed: Mon and Tues all year except Milton Keynes Spring, Summer and Autumn half-terms

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50
Concessions: £6.00
Family (2 Adults + 4 Child): £22.00
Season tickets: Adults £25; Cocessions £20; Families £60.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archives, Industry, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Pulling a pint of beer

Heritage Open Days

  • 8 — 11 September 2016

Four days each year when you can sample all the delights of the museum without paying a penny!

We’ve been participating in the national Heritage Open Days scheme for many years and love welcoming visitors to discover heritage for themselves.

While you’re visiting, you might like to pop into the Angel Inn in our street of shops for a taste of one of our special collection of real ales and ciders. Or soak up the sunshine outside with our delicious bbq.

All the usual museum attractions and more as we throw open our doors during this national celebration of our wonderful heritage.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/heritage-open-days/

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.
Talk to the re-enactors

History Festival

  • 14 — 15 May 2016 11am-4:30pm

More than one thousand years of living history in one visit is the promise from Milton Keynes Museum as it once again hosts its hugely popular History Festival.

Taking place in May, the festival features lessons in everything from making medieval coins to firing guns like those used in the area during the English Civil War.

There’ll be a chance to see how people lived, worked, ate and occupied themselves during the early years of Henry VIII’s reign, when the 22 year-old King had been on the throne for just four years and was forced to defend his kingdom from the Scots at the bloody Battle of Flodden .

The Tudors accession brought to an end the Wars of the Roses in England, in which the Milton Keynes area played a role. It was at Grafton Regis that King Edward IV courted his bride Elizabeth Woodville – the first commoner to be crowned queen. And at Stony Stratford that their children, the young Edward V and his brother Richard, were met by their uncle Richard and escorted to London. They were never seen in public again and shortly afterwards their uncle had himself crowned Richard III.

A window on those turbulent times will be provided at the festival by Wars of the Roses re-enactors from the Oxford Household.

Other encampments demonstrating how ordinary citizens lived, worked, and entertained themselves include Saxons and Vikings, early medieval, Civil War, and, bringing us closer to the present, a 1940s living tableau from the irrepressible Harry and Edna.

Attractions also include a Roman trader selling replica artefacts, and Dave the Moneyer, with his travelling mint where you can see coins from all ages stamped.

MK Museum’s History Festival runs from 11am-4.30pm on both days, with all the usual Museum attractions also on offer to make a very full day out.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/history-festival/

Lawnmowers

Lawnmower Day

  • 22 May 2016 11am-4:30pm

Enjoy a close shave and the delightful smell of clipped grass when The Old Lawnmower Club holds its annual rally at the museum.

The club promotes the collection, preservation and display of lawn mowers made from 1830 onwards.

Usually there is a great selection of mowers on show, ranging in age from the 1830s through to some relatively modern machines from the 1980s. This is a great day to see some fascinating old machinery on display and in action.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/lawnmower-day/

Staring down the microscopes

Look at Life

  • 28 — 29 May 2016 11am-4:30pm

Free attractions over the weekend include:

- fascinating microscope safaris
- pond dipping for watery mini beasts
- find out about the food chain
- rambles on the nature trail
- demonstrations and identifications.

Come along and explore the parts of the Museum and ALL its life that you may not have seen before!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/look-at-life/

Children in the Museum schoolroom

Summer Half Term

  • 30 May — 3 June 2016

Join us for summer half term when we host five days of holiday activities geared to young visitors.

During the school holiday we’ve got a host of special attractions as well as all the usual demonstrations, displays, and dozens of fun things to do

Extraordinary science, arts and crafts workshops, and magic lantern shows are likely to be among the attractions, but keep an eye on this page for full details nearer the time.

And of course all your hands-on favourites will also be available: playing music the way the Victorians did, attending classes in the Victorian schoolroom, making hot buttered toast over the range, brass-rubbing, taking a seat in the stocks, sending morse code and much, much more.

As usual, our granary cafe will be providing delicious affordable goodies to keep energy levels up.

The Museum is open from 11am-4.30pm every day during half-term.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/summer-half-term/

Queen Victoria

Victorian Weekend

  • 11 — 12 June 2016 11am-4:30pm

Back for the second year, our Victorian weekend is a fantastic chance to travel back in time to the period we’re best-known for. Over the two days you can enjoy a host of extra displays and activities such as:

- Roll-up, roll-up to be enthralled by the Palace of Curiosities, a Victorian fairground show full of mystery, fascination and fun.
- Visit the street of shops and talk and buy from our shopkeepers in Victorian costume.
- Drop in and hear spine-tingling tales from the past from author and Victorian expert Neil Storey, giving talks throughout the event.
- Marvel at the optical tricks projected from the early magic lanterns as our own Kevin Vartey delivers a slide show such as you have never seen before.
- Take tea with Queen Victoria, who will be granting an audience to loyal subjects in the Granary cafe and around the site throughout the weekend.
- You can also experience a taste of what it was like to attend school 150 years ago, but keep your head down to avoid the cane!
- Meet the staff of a Victorian household and learn how it was run.
- Keep an eye on this page for more attractions as we confirm them. And why not come in costume yourself and experience an age or exploration, discovery, learning and progress? For our our young visitors Queen Victoria will be judging a best dressed Victorian competition on both days of the festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/victorian-weekend/

Dancing to 1940's music

1940s Weekend

  • 3 — 4 September 2016 11am-4:30pm

Join us for a very special celebration of the sights, sounds and flavours of the 40s!

Over the two days you can look forward to:

The ever popular Miss Lola Lamour singing popular songs from the war years
Singing Major James Cooper Watson with singalongs and musical entertainments
Three home guard battalions
Free French military display of artefacts
Ministry of Food
Home front display
Red Cross re-enactors
RAF re-enactors
Military and civilian vehicles of the era
Fire-fighters
Vintage stalls
Vintage tea room with dance floor and music for anyone wanting to dance
Angel public house open for business
Re-enactors bringing the whole experience to life
With many more attractions still to be confirmed. Keep an eye on this page for the latest information.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/forties-weekend/

Inside an old car

Transport Day

  • 17 — 18 September 2016 11am-4:30pm

Be transported back to a time when there was nothing to beat the joys of the open road

A wheely great day out is in prospect as MK Museum hosts its annual Transport Festival.

Each year more than 250 vehicles take over the Museum site travelling from all over the country.

Buses and coaches, military vehicles, motorbikes, minis and much much more are among those who will revving engines and allowing the rest of us to relive the days when motoring was about romance and the joy of an open road.

The Festival also boasts craft stalls, model railway displays, a BBQ, plus all the Museum’s other popular attractions.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/transport-day/

A music organ

Organ Festival

  • 8 — 9 October 2016 11am-4:30pm

The organ festival is a great weekend to experience the wonderful sounds of mechanical organs from large fairground organs to small hand organs and more.

From the magical chimes of music boxes to the evocative sounds of fairground organs, Milton Keynes Museum will be alive to the sound of music.

The festival offers a chance for older visitors to relive the soundtrack of their youth, and for youngsters to fall in love for the first time with mechanical music.

Exhibitors will be coming from far afield, bringing with them everything from small hand organs to spectacular fairground showpieces. All have been lovingly restored to perform as their creators intended. Some of the organs have been built and you can meet and talk to their creators.

Along with these special displays the Museum has many of its own musical exhibits which visitors will be invited to try out for themselves. Don’t miss the display of beautiful musical boxes inside the farmhouse. Or the miniature steam traction engines who will be adding their touch of magic to the the event.

All this at no extra cost on top of usual admission prices. The Museum is open both days from 11am-4.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/organ-festival/

Brass rubbing at the Museum

Autumn Half Term

  • 24 — 28 October 2016

Join us a father help his son make a brass rubbing at half term when Milton Keynes Museum hosts five days of holiday activities geared to young visitors.

From 26-30 October there’ll be demonstrations, displays, and dozens of fun things to do as the Museum does its bit to occupy young and old while school is out.

Among the attractions will be:

circus workshops for all ages (Thursday and Friday)
Professor Beamish’s fun science experiments
fantastic optical toys
Medical detection dogs (Tuesday and Wednesday)
RSPB (Wednesday and Thursday)
the chance to turn back the clock and make music the way the Victorians did
domestic science in the kitchen making hot buttered toast over the range
attending a class in the Victorian schoolroom
playing with toys from another age
and the irresistible hands-on Connected Earth gallery where the story of how we communicate is told.
As usual, our granary cafe will be providing delicious goodies to keep energy levels up.

Best of all, prices are being held: so two adults and up to four children are guaranteed a full day out for just £22. The Museum is open from 11am-4.30pm every day during half-term.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £7.50
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £22.00
Concessions: £6.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/autumn-half-term-26th-30th-october/

Milton Keynes Museum
McConnell Drive
Wolverton
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK12 5EL
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.mkmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

info@mkmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01908 316222

Fax

01908 319148

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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