Robert Owen Museum

Robert Owen Museum
The Cross
Broad Street
SY16 2BB




01686 626345

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Owen at 50
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The Museum tells the remarkable story of Robert Owen, born in Newtown (Powys) in 1771. A village boy who hobnobbed with royalty. A shop assistant who became a factory manager. An educator with little education. A rich man who fought for the poor. A capitalist who became the first "socialist". An individualist who inspired the Co-operative movement.

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Opening hours

The Museum is open throughout the year, except Christmas Week and Good Friday:-
Monday - Friday: 11-3. See the website or face book page for additional opening.

Admission charges

Admission is free.

Additional info

Free entry. computer to visit website or research family history. Education resources, souvenir guide, tourist information, souvenirs for sale. Parking close by, disabled access, toilets,

The Museum is intriguingly laid out in a domestic style, which suits the large numbers of pictures on display. Portraits of Robert Owen and prints of New Lanark are strongly represented. Also to be seen are mementoes of his birthplace, items from New Lanark, and various of Owen's belongings including a handsome bureau, and some fine busts. Unusual items on display include a 'Silent Monitor' from New Lanark, a life mask of Robert Owen, and Labour Notes in hours from the National Equitable Labour Exchange. The Museum has 55 of Robert Owen's letters, but only one can usefully be displayed, as his writing is almost illegible. Some transcripts, however, can be seen. Robert Owen's story is told clearly on text panels in large type. Our Robert Owen video film can be viewed in the Museum. It runs for 23 minutes, and there is seating for up to ten people.

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Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert Owen
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Museum interior

Robert Owen Birthday Celebrations

  • 17 May 2014 From 6:30pm

The museum and newly renovated town resource centre will officially open on Saturday 17 May.

There will be an opening ceremony at the museum as well as the traditional laying of flowers at Owen's statue in the town centre.

Suitable for

  • Any age