River & Rowing 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.

To find out information about family days, special events and temporary exhibitions please check our website!

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm

Quince Tree Cafe 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: £9.50
Child (0-3): Free
Child (4-16): £7.50
Concessions: £7.50
(Carers admitted free of charge)

Family tickets available

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

Epic Egypt

  • 18 June — 20 September 2016

Are you brave enough to enter our terrifying tomb and discover the secrets of the dead? Travel down the Nile, decode the mysteries of the Rosetta Stone and write your own name in hieroglyphs. If you're still hungry for adventure, can you compete with a camel, dress like an Egyptian Mummy and build your own pyramid?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum admission tickets are valid for 12 months re-entry:
Adult £9.50
Child (4-16) £7.50
Senior (65+) £7.50
Full-time student £7.50
Disabled £7.50
Unemployed £7.50

Website

http://rrm.co.uk/events/epic-egypt

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.
Frog dressed in an Ancient Egyptian style

Toad's Ancient Egyptian Fete

  • 21 August 2015 10:30am-4pm

Meet Toad-ankhamun and hook a duck from the Nile. Dress up like an Egyptian in our fancy dress competition,m and have a hieroglyph face paint!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum admission tickets are valid for 12 months re-entry:
Adult £9.50
Child (4-16) £7.50
Senior (65+) £7.50
Full-time student £7.50
Disabled £7.50
Unemployed £7.50

Website

http://rrm.co.uk/events/toads-ancient-egyptian-fete

Crocodile and an Owl

Oxfordshire Goes Wild and Wet!

  • 19 September 2015 12-4pm

Meet a crocodile as the Museum goes wild with creepy crawlies, bats, owls and snakes. Have fun at your Museum as we get close to nature!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum admission tickets are valid for 12 months re-entry:
Adult £9.50
Child (4-16) £7.50
Senior (65+) £7.50
Full-time student £7.50
Disabled £7.50
Unemployed £7.50

Website

http://rrm.co.uk/events/oxfordshire-goes-wild-and-wet

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

Fax

Fax Number

01491 415601

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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