River & Rowing Museum

River & Rowing Museum
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The River & Rowing Museum is one of the U.K’s leading independent museums.

Situated in picturesque Henley on Thames, and housed in an award-winning building on the banks of the river, the Museum explores the River Thames, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley. The galleries include interactive displays as well as internationally-significant collections, including the family-friendly ‘Wind in the Willows’ gallery and a permanent display of the work of artist John Piper.

In addition, the Museum hosts a lively programme of temporary and visiting exhibitions, working with partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and the Hayward Gallery in London. Working closely with organisations in our area, the Museum has recently opened a Community Gallery which showcases a wide variety of local projects. Twice shortlisted for Family Friendly Museum of the Year, the Museum is a registered educational charity, and welcomes over 114,000 visitors per year, including 20,000 children and adults who taking part in our fun and inspiring learning and events programme. The Museum has delightful café with a terrace overlooking Mill Meadows, and a shop specialising in children’s books and games, fashion and craft.

Museum admission tickets provide unlimited free-entry for 12 months, so you can pay once and visit as many times as you like – fantastic value for money!

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm

The Museum Cafe is open daily.

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

Admission charges

Admission tickets are valid for 12 months, so you can pay once and come back as often as you like.

Adult: £12.50
Child (0-3): Free
Child (4-16): £9.95 Concessions: £11.50
(Carers admitted free of charge)

Family groups 10% discount

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

Road: Easy to find by road, use RG9 1BF. Parking is FREE for Museum visitors. Our large car park is for the exclusive use of Museum visitors and guests attending an event. We have allocated parking for visitors with disabilities, and ramps to the Museum main entrance.

Rail: Regular services from London (Paddington), Reading and Maidenhead via Twyford to Henley on Thames. See National Rail Enquiries and First Great Western Link for further information and timetables.

Bus: Regular 328/329 bus services between Reading and High Wycombe, stopping at Henley on Thames. There is an hourly X39 service from Oxford. For additional information visit Reading Buses and Arriva Buses.

Boat: A seasonal passenger boat service is operated by Salters Steamers from Reading and Marlow and will drop passengers off at the Museum’s jetty.

Additional info

The Museum is fully accessible and carers are entitled to free admission.

The Museum has three main galleries devoted to the River Thames, the international sport of rowing and the town of Henley. There are also three special exhibition galleries, the Riverside Café, shop, Education Centre, library and function rooms.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Inland Waterways, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport

Key artists and exhibits

  • Rowing
  • River Thames
  • Henley on Thames
  • Henley Royal Regatta
  • Sport
  • Olympic Games
  • John Piper
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.

Art Ways Club

Come and join this Saturday morning (10.30-12.30) art club for 7–11 year olds, consisting of five-week courses exploring ways of making art using a wide range of media. The five-week blocks alternate between two-dimensional practice in drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media work, and three-dimensional practice in clay work, environmental media, felt and construction. The course includes all materials and refreshments and is led by experienced, qualified tutors.

How to obtain

Call the Education Department for availability on 01491 415605. A course of five sessions costs £50 per child.

Taylor Tug's Under 5s Club

http://www.rrm.co.uk/learning/families/taylor_tug.aspx

Take part in interactive sessions for parents and carers, enjoying a range of creative activities including craft, stories, songs and free play which explore the Museum. Sessions are led by a trained teacher and are informal and fun for all. Sessions must be booked in advance for a half or whole term only.
Please contact the Education Department for availability on 01491 415605

How to obtain

Sessions must be booked in advance for a half or whole term only. Half a term (5 weeks) costs £32.50 and a whole term (10 weeks) is £63. Contact the Education Department for availability on 01491 415605.

Getting there

Road: Easy to find by road, use RG9 1BF. Parking is FREE for Museum visitors. Our large car park is for the exclusive use of Museum visitors and guests attending an event. We have allocated parking for visitors with disabilities, and ramps to the Museum main entrance.

Rail: Regular services from London (Paddington), Reading and Maidenhead via Twyford to Henley on Thames. See National Rail Enquiries and First Great Western Link for further information and timetables.

Bus: Regular 328/329 bus services between Reading and High Wycombe, stopping at Henley on Thames. There is an hourly X39 service from Oxford. For additional information visit Reading Buses and Arriva Buses.

Boat: A seasonal passenger boat service is operated by Salters Steamers from Reading and Marlow and will drop passengers off at the Museum’s jetty.

River & Rowing Museum
Mill Meadows
Henley-on-Thames
Oxfordshire
RG9 1BF
England

Website

www.rrm.co.uk

What's On

www.rrm.co.uk/topnav/whatson.htm

E-mail

General Enquiries

museum@rrm.co.uk

Venue Hire

events@rrm.co.uk

Education

edbookings@rrm.co.uk

Telephone

Main Switchboard

01491 415600

Events Co-ordinator

01491 415610

Education Department

01491 415605

Marketing Department

01491 415642

Curatorial Department

01491 415643

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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