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

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.
Queen Victoria

Victorian Weekend, Milton Keynes Museum

  • 23 — 24 June 2018 11am-4:30pm

Join us for a jam-packed programme of brilliant entertainment which is likely to include:

» Enjoy favourite songs from the glorious age of Music Hall starring Rachel Duffield as the one and only Marie Lloyd

» Watch out for the Ragged Victorians, straight from the pages of Oliver Twist, re-enacting the other side of Victorian lowlife around the site all weekend

» Be transported to Charles Dickens’ time as Andy Jennings transforms into the master storyteller, and reads from his best-known works

» Be amazed by the Palace of Curiosities: a Victorian fairground show full of fun and fascination, including the mysterious Marcus Island Mermaid

» Step up for army drills and parades with the crimson-jacketed Diehards – soldiers of the Victorian Military Society

» Enter a world of Snake oil and shenanigans – stories of Victorian medicine, dentistry and quackery from the inimitable Neil Storey

» Take tea with HM Queen Victoria. You won’t forget our sumptuous afternoon tea or the lessons in royal etiquette that precede it. Spaces very limited;

» Discover the secrets hidden in old military snaps with ‘Who Do You Think You Are? expert’ Graham Bandy – bring your own family snaps along

» Wonder at the gorgeous display of Victorian fashion from historical costumier Izabela Pitcher

» Take home a souvenir from our Victorian traders, including fossils (fashionable at the time), clothing and jewellery

»Test your skill at the coconut shy, skittles and hoopla

» Let local bands set your foot tapping with some favourite tune



Why not come in costume yourself and experience an age or exploration, discovery, learning and progress?

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

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)
Take advantage of our Gift Aid tickets, which allow you to re-visit the museum as many times as you like within the next 12 months, including our memorable events days.

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

1950s and 1960s

1950s/1960s Weekend, Milton Keynes Museum

  • 7 — 8 July 2018 11am-4:30pm

New for 2018, come and celebrate the frugal 50s and swinging 60s. We’ll have music, displays, stalls, and a whole lot more to take you back to the era that gave birth to Britain’s boldest experiment in new town planning – Milton Keynes.

Look at the Museum website as details of the programme are announced.

Admission

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)
Take advantage of our Gift Aid tickets, which allow you to re-visit the museum as many times as you like within the next 12 months, including our memorable events days.

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

Dancing to 1940's music

1940s Weekend, Milton Keynes Museum

  • 1 — 2 September 2018 11am-4:30pm

Over the two days attractions are likely to include:

♦ Memorial fly pasts, weather permitting

♦ The chance to take the controls in the cockpit of a Spitfire – replica of the plane flown by wartime flying ace Johnnie Johnson (extra charge and booking required )

♦ Tea and dancing in the vintage tearoom, serenaded by forces favourite Miss Lola Lamour

♦ Camps and displays by both the RAF and American GIs

♦ 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, plus ARP post

♦ Free French military display of artefacts

♦ The homefront: Ministry of Food, cooking on rations and Mrs Skivvy in the wartime garden

♦ Historian and author Neil Storey on Surviving an air raid: what precautions did ordinary people take and what did they do?

♦ domestic vehicles from the 1940s

♦ Vintage traders

♦ WITH appearances and speeches from the Rt Hon Winston Churchill PM

♦ Fresh food in the Granary Tea Room and spam sandwiches from the NAFFI

♦ Or sup something stronger in the Angel Inn in our street of shops

More attractions still to be confirmed.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

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)
Take advantage of our Gift Aid tickets, which allow you to re-visit the museum as many times as you like within the next 12 months, including our memorable events days.

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

Pulling a pint of beer

Heritage Open Days & Beer Festival, Milton Keynes Museum

  • 6 — 9 September 2018

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/

Vintage cars

Transport Weekend, Milron Keynes Museum

  • 15 — 16 September 2018 11am-4:30pm

Up to 100 cars, vans, motorbikes and military vehicles – will be cruising into MK Museum for our annual celebration of transport past and present.

Many of the cars parking up for the Transport Weekend are labours of love for their owners, who have spent significant amounts of time and money to get them looking all shiny and sensational!

Those who prefer to travel on two wheels will be thrilled by the turnout of gleaming bikes.

Craft stalls and outdoor refreshments will all figure, and all of the usual museum attractions will be open throughout the weekend.

The tea room will serve refreshments, and in the museum’s street of shops those who aren’t driving might like to enjoy something a little stronger, with real ales and ciders on tap.

Journey over with the whole family and take your weekend up a gear!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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)
Take advantage of our Gift Aid tickets, which allow you to re-visit the museum as many times as you like within the next 12 months, including our memorable events days.

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

Brass rubbing at the Museum

Autumn Half Term, Milton Keynes Museum

  • 29 October — 2 November 2018

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 ‘science and more’ shows throughout each day. Plus children’s craft activities in the Victorian schoolroom.

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.

During half-term we’re open every day, Monday through to Friday, 11am-4.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children

Admission

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)
Take advantage of our Gift Aid tickets, which allow you to re-visit the museum as many times as you like within the next 12 months, including our memorable events days.

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

A music organ

Organ Festival, Milton Keynes Museum

  • 29 November 2018 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. But each year one of the star attractions – Emmett’s marvellous fairground organ – comes from just up the road, where the Emmett’s family have been supporting MK for many decades.

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.

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: £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)
Take advantage of our Gift Aid tickets, which allow you to re-visit the museum as many times as you like within the next 12 months, including our memorable events days.

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

Christmas at the Museum

A Victorian Christmas, Milton Keynes Museum

  • 1 December 2018 4:30-7pm
  • 2 — 3 December 2018 12-6pm
  • 8 December 2018 4:30-7pm
  • 9 — 10 December 2018 12-6pm
  • 16 — 17 December 2018 12-6pm
  • 15 December 2019 4:30-7pm

From the moment you are greeted by our butler with a tray of mulled wine and hot squash, through to meeting Santa in the cosy glow of his toy workshop, you’ll feel the Christmas spirit in every step.

Carols by gaslight in the parlour
Roaring fires where you can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine around while the children play puff billiards
A traditional Christmas market where you can buy gifts you won’t find on the High St
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 (cost £7 per child).

Event timings:

Fridays 1st, 8th and 15th, 4.30pm-7pm

Saturdays 2nd, 9th and 16th, 12 noon-6pm

Sundays 3rd, 10th and 17th, 12 noon-6pm

We advise booking ahead for Santa visits to avoid queuing. Santa visits cost £7 a child. Bookings this year are by phone or in person at the reception desk. Phone booking opens on October 2nd. Call 01908 316222 9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

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)
Take advantage of our Gift Aid tickets, which allow you to re-visit the museum as many times as you like within the next 12 months, including our memorable events days.

Website

http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

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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