Kingston Museum was built in 1904, and restored between 1992 and 1997. There are three permanent galleries: Ancient Origins, Eadweard Muybridge and Town of Kings. The Art Gallery hosts a range of national and local temporary exhibitions. There are events and activities for children, a talks series for adults and a learning programme for local schools. The shop stocks a range of local specific gifts and stationery.
Kingston Museum is accredited by the Arts Council. The Arts Council Accreditation Scheme sets national standards for UK museums.
Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Entry to the Museum is Free
Parking can be arranged for visitors with a Mobility impairment, please phone ahead of your visit.
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.
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
Denise Wren: Hope for Beauty
- 15 December 2017 — 7 April 2018 *on now
This December will see a new temporary exhibition open at Kingston Museum which showcases the visually stunning archive of works on paper by Denise Wren. This exhibition will explore the range of styles Denise encompassed during her artistic career and in addition to her designs for textiles and wallpaper, we will be displaying many newly acquired ceramics, generously donated to us by Peter Crotty, husband of Denise’s daughter Rosemary.
Wren studied at Kingston School of Art under the influential Art Nouveau designer Archibald Knox. When Knox quit, Wren and her fellow students formed the Knox Guild of Design and Craft, following Knox’s mantra ‘Aim at order, hope for beauty’. The guild was based at 24 Market Place, Kingston, displaying their work locally at Kingston Museum and at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London.
Wren went on to establish the Oxshott Pottery in Surrey, designed prints for West End department store Liberty of London, and with her husband Henry Wren, published extensively on their technical knowledge.
- Any age
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 email@example.com
Kingston upon Thames
Local History Room & Archives
Culture Service Desk, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
020 8547 5006
Local History Room
020 8547 6738
020 8547 6735