River & Rowing Museum

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

Fax

Fax Number

01491 415601

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Children enjoying the Museum
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Visit the River & Rowing Museum to explore our galleries and exhibitions, attend one of our events, take a look in our shop, or relax in the Terrace Café.

Our award winning building is situated on the banks of the River Thames, a short walk from the centre of Henley on Thames.

The River & Rowing Museum has three galleries dedicated to Rowing, Rivers and the history of Henley on Thames. The Museum is home to the magical Wind in the Willows exhibition, which brings to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music.

There are lots of family events and workshops, check our website for an up to date programme, including information about the five temporary spaces which are regularly updated. There are also various function rooms and a fantastic café - the perfect place to unwind, whilst enjoying meadow views, with a fantastic selection of delicious home-made dishes, freshly prepared from seasonal ingredients.

With a constantly evolving calendar of temporary art and photography exhibitions and a year-round calendar of nature trails, craft workshops and family days, there is always something new to see and do.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open 7 days a week:
1 May to 31 August 10.00 to 17.30
1 September to 30 April 10.00 to 17.00

Museum Cafe open from 10.30 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: £8.50
Child (4-16): £6.50
Senior Citizen (60+): £6.50
Full-time Student: £6.50
Disabled: £6.50 (Carers admitted free of charge)
Unemployed: £6.50
Family of 3: £22.50
Family of 4: £26.00
Family of 5: £30.50
Family of 6: £34.00

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: Hourly 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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Source

  • 1 October 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

The exhibition explores the internationally acclaimed artist collective, the Parkbench Group, and their unique interpretations of the River Thames and it’s surrounding natural world.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Home Front Henley

  • 1 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

This year marked the centenary of the First World War, this exhibition takes an incredibly personal look at the war’s impacts on the local people of Henley and the surrounding towns. Co-curated by local historian, Mike Willoughby, Home Front Henley examines this period in our history through personal stories from locals and other historical items.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

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.

Patchwork Christmas Stars

  • 29 November 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

A chance to be creative by transforming scrap material into beautiful Christmas decorations and also make the perfect, bespoke Christmas gift.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50 per person.

Christmas Creations

  • 6 December 2014 10:30am-1:30pm

Creative Christmas crafts: tree-top angels, shiny stars, fir-cone figures & running reindeer! Book early to join in the festive fun! Suitable for 4 - 11 year olds.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£8.50 per person.

Toad’s Christmas

  • 13 December 2014 10:30am-4pm

Help decorate Toad Hall for Christmas and celebrate the festival season with presents, songs and an extra special craft event which includes tree-top angels, shiny stars, fir-cone figures & running reindeer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per child (for present) + Museum admission

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.

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.

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.

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: Hourly 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.

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