River and Rowing Museum

River and Rowing Museum
Mill Meadows



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Main Switchboard

01491 415600

Education Department

01491 415605

Marketing Department

01491 415642

Events Co-ordinator

01491 415610

Curatorial Department

01491 415643


01491 415601

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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.

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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
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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


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.