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

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9.00
Children (aged 5-16): £6
Under 5s: free
Family (2 Adults + up to 4 Child): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7 (Disabled visitors - one carer free)

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

  • 7 — 10 September 2017

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
  • Family friendly

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.
Christmas at the Museum

A Victorian Christmas

  • 9 December 2016 4:30-7pm
  • 10 — 11 December 2016 1:30-6pm
  • 16 December 2016 4:30-7pm
  • 17 — 18 December 2016 1:30-6pm

Chestnuts roasting in a blacksmith’s forge, yuletide carols around the fire, tiny tots with their eyes all aglow? There’s one place in MK you should go!

Come and soak up the atmosphere of Christmas past with us this season:

- Carols by candlelight in the parlour
- Roaring fires to enjoy your mulled wine around while the children play puff billiards
- Christmas crafts in the old schoolroom
- Making hot buttered toast the old-fashioned way in the farmhouse kitchen
- HM Queen Victoria in attendance
- Freshly roasted chestnuts in the fully working blacksmith’s forge
- Teddy bears getting ready for Christmas in their own toy workshop
- Homemade cakes and mince pies, plus hot chocolate in the Granary café
And of course Santa and his elves are waiting to meet our young visitors – and give them a special gift to take away.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9.00
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 adults + up to four children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7 (for our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/a-victorian-christmas-starts-2-december/

Making toast in school half term holidays

Spring Half Term

  • 13 — 17 February 2017

Spring into action at half term when Milton Keynes Museum hosts five days of holiday activities geared to young visitors.

During the school spring half term 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
  • Especially for children

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9.00
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 adults + up to four children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/spring-half-term-2017/

Easter Eggs

Easter Fun and a Tasty Egg Hunt

  • 14 — 17 April 2017

The hunt will be on at MK Museum this Easter as youngsters are invited to search for hidden eggs that will unlock the way to chocolate rewards.

The museum’s novel Easter Egg Hunt means everyone wins something – and gets to enjoy a tour of the whole site while searching for eggs they can trade in for yummy chocolate.

All the usual attractions are also waiting to entrance those who prefer their history living and breathing, from attending a class in the Victorian schoolroom, playing with toys from another age, to the irresistible hands-on Connected Earth gallery where the story of how we communicate is told. As usual, our granary cafe will be providing tasty goodies to keep energy levels up.

Our Easter festivities run Good Friday through to Easter Monday, 11am-4.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/easter-egg-hunt-14-17-april/

Talk to the re-enactors

History Festival

  • 13 — 14 May 2017 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
  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (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

  • 21 May 2017 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
  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (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

  • 27 — 28 May 2017 11am-4:30pm

Go wild at the museum for our hugely popular Look at Life weekend.

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
  • Especially for children

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (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

  • 29 May — 2 June 2017

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
  • Especially for children

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (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

  • 1 — 2 July 2017 11am-4:30pm

Roll up, roll up, for an extravaganza of Victorian fashion, entertainments, music and majesty! Yes, Milton Keynes Museum’s Victorian weekend is back for a third year, and we’ve got even more to entertain you than before. Activities such as:

- 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
  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (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

  • 2 — 3 September 2017 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:

- A unique replica of the legendary Spitfire flown by wartime flying ace Johnnie Johnson – and a chance to sit in the cockpit for photographs (extra charge and booking required: see https://bookwhen.com/spitfirecrewsouthwest)

- The ever popular Miss Lola Lamour singing popular songs from the war years

- Historian and author Neil Storey recounting the stories of the Battle of Britain
Singing Major James Cooper Watson with singalongs and musical entertainments

- Three home guard battalions plus the women’s home guard auxilleries

- The Law at War: our village bobbies and their pop-up police station during the war years

- Free French military display of artefacts

- Ministry of Food, cooking on rations

- Military and domestic vehicles from the 1940s

- An exhibition of wartime wedding dresses

- K2 Fire Engine Trust

- Wonderful vintage traders

- Memphis Belle Music

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (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 Weekend

  • 16 — 17 September 2017 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

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

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

A music organ

Organ Festival

  • 7 — 8 October 2017 11am-4:30pm

Milton Keynes Museum will be transporting visitors to the days of fairground fun with the return of its popular Organ Festival this October.

Organs were the soundtrack of the fairground, and the music making machines are still a thrill for those who remember the charming machines from their youth.

Visitors will be able to hear the historic organs playing just as they used to while youngsters would have soaked up all the fun of the fair with its toffee apples, hoopla and thrilling rides.

And the Organ Festival is a fine opportunity to show visiting youngsters the magic to be found – and heard – with the mechanical players.

Many of the exhibitors are travelling to take part in the sound-sational weekend, which is being hosted across October 7 & 8.

From petite music boxes to fairground centre-of-attractions, the museum will be dancing to a decidedly different tune!

Some of the organs have been purpose built to continue the tradition, and their creators will be on hand to explain their handiwork.

The musical theme continues over in the museum farmhouse which will have its own display of chiming musical boxes.

And two miniature steam traction engines will be adding more magic during the weekend.

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

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (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

  • 23 — 27 October 2017

Join us at half term when Milton Keynes Museum hosts five days of holiday activities geared to young visitors.

During half term there’ll be demonstrations, displays, and plenty of fun things to do as the Museum does its bit to occupy young and old while school is out.

Special attractions include fantastic science with our wacky professor. The weird and wonderful science shows take place every hour throughout the day.

Autumn is the perfect time to try out our nature trail, or challenge family or friends to one of the historic board games we’ve recreated in the courtyard.

Plus there’ll be children’s craft activities in the schoolroom.

During half-term we’re open every day, Monday through to Friday, 11am-4.30pm. And don’t forget that your entry ticket will allow you to revisit us for free for the next 12 months!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children

Admission

Tickets are valid for as many visits as you want - including event days - for 12 months from purchase date
Adults: £9
Children aged 5-16: £6.00
Under 5s: free
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £26.00
Retired and unwaged: £7.00 (For our disabled visitors we are happy to admit one carer free of charge)

Website

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

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

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.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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