Peterborough Museum

Peterborough Museum Building
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Peterborough Museum is a fascinating and fun place to visit for all the family, right in the heart of the city centre. Having recently undergone a £3.2 million redevelopment (we open again on 31st March 2012) we're looking better than ever and 2012 is going to be an exciting year for Peterborough Heritage! General admission to the Museum is free, we hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will want to come back and see us regularly – there is always something different to see or do throughout the year. We are a Visit Britain Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance scheme attraction.

Priestgate dates back to the twelfth century (when the current town plan was set down by the monks of Peterborough abbey) and the first recorded house on the site was built in the 16th century (a grand mansion for the Orme family), although the current building dates from 1816. It was the town house of newly-weds, Thomas and Charlotte Cooke. In 1856 the Priestgate mansion was sold to the 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam who allowed it to be used as the city's first hospital, the Peterborough Infirmary, from 1857 until 1928. This impressive Georgian building became the museum in 1931 and an art gallery was added in 1939.

Many of the original Georgian features can still be seen today, as can traces of its use as a hospital - as part of the recent redevelopment, the original operating theatre has been restored and visitors will be able to visit it for the first time (the only one of its kind in the country)!

The Museum and its collections are owned by Peterborough City Council and are managed by Vivacity Culture & Leisure, a registered charitable trust.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open Tues-Sun 10.00-17.00
Bank Holiday Mondays – 10am– 5pm
Mondays (School holidays only) – 10am – 5pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day & Good Friday. We are closed Mondays during term time.

Admission charges

Free admission; donations welcome.

Admission charges may apply to special exhibitions or events.

Getting there

The Museum is in Peterborough city centre, a very short walk (a minute or two) from city centre shops and the Cathedral. It is also a two minute walk from the bus station. Peterborough train station is on the East Coast mainline, and the Museum is a short walk (less than 5 minutes) along a signposted route from the station. Peterborough is conveniently located just off the A1. Follow signs towards the city centre and use city centre car parks. There is limited disabled parking available on-site.

The collections housed at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery can be seen on display in the permanent galleries, in temporary exhibitions or by arrangement to view from the reserve collections.

There are over 212,000 objects, which have been collected over 130 years, now in the care of Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. In 1968, the museum and its collections were presented to the City of Peterborough by the Museum Society (founded 1871, as the Peterborough Natural History Society and Field Club).

The collections cover a great many subjects and some are of national and international importance, such as the Norman Cross Prisoner-of-War Craft work, the Jurassic marine reptile fossils, finds from Roman Peterborough and the original manuscripts of the famous poet John Clare.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Literature, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

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.
ghost walk

Peterborough Christmas Ghost Walk

  • 19 December 2017 — 19 December 2018

It was the Victorians who first started the tradition of seasonal spine-chillers. This Christmas, explore the city’s spooky side! Be spellbound by our haunted heritage with an ever-popular ghost walk. Find out about phantom monks, a slaughtered cavalier and even a ghostly lorry! Booking is advisable for this popular tour. Not recommended for under 8s (all children must be accompanied).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 adults, £3 under 16s

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/peterborough-ghost-walk/

Elf

An Exceptionally Elfy Christmas

  • 20 December 2017 10am-5pm
  • 22 December 2017 10am-5pm

It’s the week before Christmas and Santa’s little helpers are rushed off their feet!

The elves have been left to make the reindeer food, finish the gifts and make some treats in Mrs Claus’ kitchen! With lots of festive goodies to take home, will you enrol as an honorary elf at the Museum where Santa has set up his workshop?

No need to book just drop in, or see our website to book online and skip the queue on the day.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 children, £4 adults, £12 families

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/an-exceptionally-elfy-christmas/

Two Bronze Age metal swords or dirks against a black background

Bronze Age metalwork

  • 20 January 2018 10am-1pm

This workshop provides an exclusive chance to get up close to a variety of Bronze Age artefacts, with experienced Bronze Age metalwork specialist Rachel Crellin.

Discover how material is excavated, the development of bronze in prehistoric times, the way Bronze Age people used metal, and what it can tell us about their lives. Get closer than ever before to the Museum's Bronze Age metal collection in this unique workshop, where you'll also be able to handle replica items.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking is essential for all our workshops. All bookings for this event are taken through Peterborough Museum.

To book, please click the link https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/heritage-booking/ or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/collections-workshops/bronze-age-metalwork/

Tudor Peterborough

Tudor Peterborough Walk

  • 26 January 2018 2-4pm
  • 28 January 2018 2-4pm

Explore Peterborough’s historic city centre with a costumed guide and find out what the city was like during the time of Katharine of Aragon. The tour then enters Peterborough Cathedral where you will hear about the funeral of Katharine of Aragon and other stories from its Tudor history. Meet at Peterborough Museum.

For the full programme see http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/katharine2018.aspx.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6, £4 under 16s

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/katharine-of-aragon-festival/tudor-peterborough-walk/

Lauren Mackay

In the Shadow of the Throne: the rise and fall of the Boleyn men

  • 27 January 2018 From 7:30pm

Anne Boleyn dominates the Tudor period, and her story has been re told and re imagined over the centuries. Yet two of the most important and influential men of her life- her father Thomas and brother George- have been vilified, marginalised, and forgotten. This talk aims to re-evaluate the Boleyn men, beyond the traditional stereotypes that have been unfairly assigned to them, and restore them to their rightful place in Tudor history.

Visit http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/katharine2018.aspx for the full programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6, £4 concessions, including light refreshments

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/katharine-of-aragon-festival/in-the-shadow-of-the-throne-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-boleyn-men/

tudor kitchen

At Home with the Tudors

  • 27 — 28 January 2018 10am-5pm

Travel back in time to the 1500s at Peterborough Museum, with a chance to meet Tudor characters such as the Barber Surgeon with his gruesome cures. Mind your manners with a Tudor lady, handle arms and armour with our soldiers and try some period food, take part in family activities and crafts with a Tudor theme.

Last entry 4pm. Visit http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/katharine2018.aspx for the full programme of the Katharine of Aragon Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 children, £4 adults, £12 families

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/katharine-of-aragon-festival/at-home-with-the-tudors/

Troops arriving in Peterborough 09/12/17, 9th December 1917, during World War I, WWI, First World War

Great War Talks: "Just Passing Through"

  • 29 January 2018 7:30-9pm

Oral History specialist Beverley Jones shares images and stories from the Women's United Total Abstinence Council (WUTAC) visitors' books. These slim volumes contain poems, sketches and messages which offer a fascinating insight into the servicemen who passed through Peterborough's East Station on their way to and from the front in 1916 and 1917.

Held alongside the exhibition 'The Soldiers' and Sailors' Rest' at Peterborough Museum, this series of fascinating talks will explore wider themes of the Great War in the final year of its centenary.

Admission

£5 adults, £4 concessions

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/the-great-war-talks/

Getting there

The Museum is in Peterborough city centre, a very short walk (a minute or two) from city centre shops and the Cathedral. It is also a two minute walk from the bus station. Peterborough train station is on the East Coast mainline, and the Museum is a short walk (less than 5 minutes) along a signposted route from the station. Peterborough is conveniently located just off the A1. Follow signs towards the city centre and use city centre car parks. There is limited disabled parking available on-site.

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF
England

Website

www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/peterborough-museum/

E-mail

All enquiries

museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Telephone

All enquiries

01733 864663

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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