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.
Child detective with magnifying glass looking at footprints

Do you have a clue?

  • 23 — 27 October 2017 *on now

This October half term, Peterborough Museum is becoming one large board game, alongside our exhibition 'Toy Stories'. The Museum's curator, Dr White has uncovered a plot, but she's not sure who's behind it. Can you help her work it out before it's too late? Move around the Museum and collect clues to solve the mystery. Was it Professor Peach in the Library? You'll have to come along to find out...

This is a drop in event, but you can buy your ticket online in advance using the link below, to skip the queues and head straight into the detective work this half term.

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/heritage-booking/

Last entry 4:30pm.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 Child, £4 Adult, £12 Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children)

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/do-you-have-a-clue/

Museum, silhouette of tree with leaves, moonlight through fog

Halloween Ghost Walks

  • 27 October 2017 7:30-9:20pm, 8-9:50pm
  • 28 October 2017 7:30-9:20pm, 8-9:50pm
  • 29 October 2017 7:30-9:20pm, 8-9:50pm
  • 31 October 2017 7:30-9:20pm, 8-9:50pm

Stalk the streets with our costumed guide to discover the eerie secrets of Peterborough's most spooky locations. Listen closely to the city's more morbid tales and keep an eye out for any ghastly apparitions who may appear as they hear their stories told...

Not recommended for children under 8 or those of a nervous disposition. Tours last around 100 minutes. Please note there is no tour on Monday 30 October.

To book call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663, or click here to book online: https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/heritage-booking/

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5 Adults, £3 Children

Lantern on wooden barrel against a white brick wall

Halloween Horror Night

  • 28 October 2017 6:30-7:30pm, 7-8pm, 7:30-8:30pm, 8-9pm, 8:30-9:30pm, 9-10pm

Prepare to be entertained, enthralled and downright scared by a night of dramatised tours around the Museum! Hear about some of the Museum's ghostly stories by candlelight......but prepare to jump as the stories come to life using costume actors, projections and other effects. One of our scariest events this Halloween season, and as such not recommended for under 14s, the nervous or unwary!

Tours set off every half hour from 6.30pm and last just under an hour, strictly pre-booked in advance. Pre-booking is essential, as places are limited.

To book, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663, or click here to book online: https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/heritage-booking/

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£7 Adults, £5 Children

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/halloween-horror-night/

Coin with chi-rho symbol

Introduction to the study and identification of coins

  • 4 November 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

Join Finds Liaison Officer Helen Fowler to learn the basics of Numismatics.

Discuss the introduction and use of coinage in England through to the present day in a relaxed and friendly setting. We will look at the change in artistic style and how these and other clues can be used to identify coins. Plus the basic terminology used by Numismatists. Don’t forget to bring your note book!

Helen will also be available all day for any participants who wish to discuss coins in more depth.

Booking is essential for all our workshops. To book, please call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663, or follow the link: https://onlinebookings.vivacity-peterborough.com/HeritageBookings/lfbook.asp?wci=activity&selcentre=MU

If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £10, Concessions £8

Website

https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/whatson/heritage/introduction-to-the-study-and-identification-of-coins/

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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