West Midlands County
Walsall Museum is a friendly and welcoming museum in the heart of Walsall, sharing a building with the town's Central Library.
Tues to Fri 10.00-17.00
Closed: Sun and Mon
Collection of social and industrial history from Walsall's past and present, ranging from 17th century firemarks to 21st century posters.
Strong collection of costume and textiles, including the Hodson Shop Collection, a unique collection of unsold shop stock of working-class clothing from the 1920s to 1960s.
Costume and Textiles, Industry, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Sister Dora
- Jerome K Jerome
- Hodson Shop
Museum Mystery Challenge
- 19 June 2012 — 30 August 2014 *on now
Take our Museum Mystery Challenge and discover weird and wonderful artefacts, famous local people, and the unique history of our borough. You can do it yourself or with family and friends. Use your skills to find objects and complete challenges in The Changing Face of Walsall, Walsall Museum’s local history gallery.
The Museum Mystery Challenge is free to do, requires no advance booking, and is available during Walsall Museum’s normal opening hours.
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
Free of charge.
The Museum Mystery Challenge is available during Walsall Museum's normal opening hours:
Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays, Bank Holidays.
No advance booking is required, for further information please call 01922 653116 or email email@example.com.
The Calm before the Storm: Local Life in 1914
- 30 April — 30 August 2014 *on now
An exhibition exploring what life was like in Walsall at the outbreak of the First World War.
Walsall in 1914 was full of industries and employment opportunities. But low wages and high food prices were forcing workers into poverty. In the first half of the year people were concerned with strikes, political troubles in Ireland, and the actions of the suffragettes. The possibility of war was hardly considered. When the announcement came, hundreds of local boys joined up, seeking adventure.
The exhibition will display clothing of the period, everyday objects used by local people, and early items of war memorabilia.
- Any age
Entry to the Museum is free of charge.
For further information please contact us on 01922 653116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a Horse of War Puppet
- 6 August 2014 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm
Join acclaimed artist and puppeteer Jim Morris to create your own horse puppet, based on the important role of horses during the First World War. Part of a series of summer holiday activities for all the family to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.
This event is free of charge. No need to book, just drop in during the hours given, subject to space, there may be a short wait at busy periods.
Games from the Great War
- 20 August 2014 10am-5pm
Play popular games from the Edwardian and Great War period and make your own marbles bridge to take home. Part of a series of summer holiday activities for all the family to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.
- Any age
This event is free of charge. No need to book, just drop in during the Museum’s opening hours, 10:00-17:00, subject to space, there may be a short wait at busy periods.
Tales from the Trenches
- 22 August 2014 11:30am-4pm
A day of storytelling, trench reel and songs from the First World War, with costumed interpreters history's maid. An ideal way for young and old alike to understand the experiences of those who served in the Great War or who lived through it on the home front. Part of a series of summer holiday activities for all the family to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. The workshop will run at 11:30, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:00.
- Any age
This event is free of charge.
School visits to Walsall Museum
A visit to Walsall Museum is a great way to bring learning to life and to inspire creativity. We offer a range of sessions for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 which support the primary history curriculum, the primary art and design and design and technology curriculums and the International Primary Curriculum. Our sessions mix facilitated and self-led elements to create a rich and engaging learning experience. Further information is available by following the link below.
- Jennifer Thomson
How to obtain
Contact Walsall Museum on 01922 653116 or email email@example.com for further details on school visits and to discuss your requirements.
Further information is available by following the link below.