Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Wardown House across the gardens
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Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The house was formerly the home of the Scargill family, then a military hospital and is now a museum and gallery.

Step back in time and glimpse an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period. Explore the different rooms with hands-on displays for a fully immersive experience. The museum tells the story of Luton’s transformation into the exciting and diverse town it is today.

The museum also houses a range of displays throughout the building, including the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery and the popular Luton Life Gallery.

The museum underwent a redevelopment during 2016, reopening in April 2017. Wardown House, Museum and Gallery also holds events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Open daily, 10am - 5pm
14 February – 31 October

Open daily, 10am – 4pm
1 November – 13 February

Admission charges

Admission Free*

*Donations are welcome to support Wardown House, Museum and Gallery.

Additional info

There is free parking at Wardown House and good disabled access (including a lift to the first floor).

Enjoy delicious food and refreshing beverages in the Victorian style dining room overlooking Wardown Park. The perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon with family and friends.

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery’s gift shop combines traditional Victorian products with modern museum retail to create a blend of products to suit all ages and audiences. Taking original design features from fabrics and wallpapers found when redeveloping the house and remastering them, has allowed us to create a bespoke and unique product range just for Wardown.

Each product selected comes with its own unique story to tell, even down to Pomey the penguin, our chosen house mascot. The shop actively tries to reflect seasonal and promotional events offered by Wardown House and all the profit made from the gift shop goes back into maintain our sites and keeping them free to the public

The first floor galleries opened as the Luton Life displays in February 2003. Funded with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the displays explore the stories of Luton people over the past 150 years. Throughout the galleries there are listening posts where visitors can listen to Lutonians telling their stories. There are also hands-on exhibits and touchscreen computers with images of old Luton.

The ground floor galleries include the Ancient Greeks exhibition and the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire gallery tells the story of this local regiment. The ground floor also houses the exhibition gallery. The museum holds around 4 temporary exhibitions a year on different subjects. There are also events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ancient Greeks
  • Beds & Herts Regiment

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery
Old Bedford Road






Schools information





Luton Museum Service


Education Department



Reception/Front of House

01582 546722

Admin Office

01582 546723

Marketing Department

01582 546739

Schools/Education Department

01582 546740

Curatorial Department

01582 546726


Admin Office

01582 546763

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