River and Rowing Museum

River and 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

Education Department

01491 415605

Marketing Department

01491 415642

Events Co-ordinator

01491 415610

Curatorial Department

01491 415643

Fax

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.
Enjoying the 'In the Cox's Seat' interactive exhibit in the new Schwarzenbach International Rowing Gallery
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Set on the banks of the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames, the award-winning River & Rowing Museum has three permanent galleries devoted to the River Thames, the international sport of rowing and the town of Henley on Thames.

Newly opened in summer 2006 is the Schwarzenbach International Rowing Gallery. This completely refurbished gallery full of interactive exhibits and video footage tells the story of international rowing from 19th Century professionals to modern Olympians. You can experience the thrill of racing at Henley Regatta in the world's only 'In the Cox's Seat' interactive experience.

There is also a permanent walk-through attraction of Kenneth Grahame's ‘The Wind in the Willows’. The famous illustrations of EH Shepard are brought to life in an enchanting recreation of the English classic.

Venue Type:

Museum

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

Adult £7.00
Concession £6.00
Child £5.00
Family of 4 £20.00

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.

Rowing Blazers

  • 15 November 2014

This exhibition sees a collection of photographs by leading American fashion photographer F. E. Castleberry celebrating the eccentric and authentic striped, piped, trimmed & badged blazer to coincide with a new book by Jack Carlson.

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.

Creative Glass Painting

  • 1 November 2014 2-4:30pm *on now

Learn to paint on glass in a variety of creative ways and take home a beautiful item with your own design. Participants need to bring an item to paint.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£21.00 per person.

Photograph showing group of children on cobbled street during WW1

Oxfordshire and the First World War

  • 15 November 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

A special talk on the impact of the First World War on the lives of people in the Thames Valley.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£7.00 per person.

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

  • 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.

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.

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