Kingston Museum and Heritage Service

View of Kingston Museum, a red brick building.
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Kingston Museum was built in 1904. The building and its galleries were restored between 1992 and 1997 and include a Lottery-funded 'Town of Kings' Gallery, telling the story of the Borough from Saxon times.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Museum: Mon-Sat 10.00 to 17.00 Closed Wed and Sun

Local History Room: Mon, Thu & Fri 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00; Tuesday 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 19.00. (10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 21.00 during adult education term time, see website for term dates). Closed Wed, Sat and Sun

Museum closed Wednesday and Sunday

Local History Room closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

Admission charges

Entry to the Museum and Local History Room is free.

Additional info

The Museum and Heritage Service operates on two sites and comprises a Museum, Local History Room and an Archives Service.

Local History Room and Archives Service is situated at:

Local History Room
Room 46, North Kingston Centre
Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT2 5PE.

The Museum has three permanent galleries: Ancient Origins, Town of Kings and Eadweard Muybridge. There is also an Art Gallery for special exhibitions. The Local History Room holds a large and growing collection of local history research material.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Eadweard Muybridge
  • King Aethelstan
  • The Brill Collection
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Kingston at War: World War Two online resource

Kingston at War is a website full of resources from Kingston's archives, designed to support teaching History at KS2 with links to Literacy and ICT.
Photographs, newspaper cuttings, bomb maps and oral histories have been digitised for classroom and/or project use.
Kingston at War is part of the Their Past Your Future project 2005, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

How to obtain

This is a free resource accessible through the Kingston Museum website.

Kingston Museum Schools Service

Kingston Museum runs a varied and exciting programme of sessions, events and workshops for schools. We offer National Curriculum-linked sessions about Settlers and Invaders, Local History, the Victorians and many more.
We also run a programme of workshops alongside the temporary exhibition programme, ranging from sculpture walks to rangoli workshops to art & craft in all shapes and sizes.

How to obtain

Please contact Caroline Burt, Learning and Access Officer on 020 85476754 or

Kingston Museum and Heritage Service
Kingston Museum
Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames



Kingston Museum

Local History Room & Archives


Kingston Museum

020 8547 6460

Local History Room

020 8547 6738


020 8547 6735


020 8547 6747

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.