Dewsbury Museum

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See and hear what's changed in the lives of children over the last century in the 'Growing Up in Dewsbury' exhibition. Take a trip back to school and war-torn Britain as you gaze through the windows of the 1940's classroom. Visit the new 'Toys will be Toys' gallery to discover the role of toys and play, and find out why certain toys are collector's items. With a busy programme of temporary exhibitions and events, Dewsbury Museum is for anyone who's ever been a child.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12.00 noon - 5.00pm

Admission charges

Free Admission

Collection details

Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A trolly wheel with a container taped above it.


  • 22 April — 30 June 2016 *on now

BA (Hons) Fine Art for Design students from Batley School of Art Work In Progress exhibition contains images, objects and artefacts presented as a repository of ideas, proposals, thoughts and visual approaches. It is also a unique contribution to the history of the museum as the exhibits respond to and acknowledge the importance of collecting, display, communication, education and study to our heritage, culture and future.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age
Painting of the summer surf on the coastal rocks with a summer sky

Dewsbury Arts Group

  • 9 July — 26 August 2016

Featuring a variety of media by local amateur and professional artists inspired by historic architecture to English country landscapes. Portraiture, abstract work and ceramics are also included, as well as sculpture in wood and stone.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age
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.
A photo of Dewsbury Museum with yellow flowers in the fore ground.

A Children’s Guide to Digital Cameras

  • 31 May 2016 10am-3pm

Depth of field, white balance, ISO… What does it all mean? A practical guide to getting the best from your digital camera. Suitable for 11 years plus.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 11-13
  • 14-15


£10 per child

A photo of the front of Dewsbury Museum with yellow flowers in the fore ground.

Paint the Queen a birthday portrait

  • 2 June 2016 11am-3pm

To celebrate the Queen’s official 90th birthday why not paint her portrait? We will select the best and send them to the Palace. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£1 per child

A view of the front of Dewsbury Museum with yellow flowers in the fore ground.

Explore the World with Kirklees Museums

  • 4 August 2016 12-4pm
  • 11 August 2016 12-4pm
  • 18 August 2016 12-4pm
  • 25 August 2016 12-4pm

As the nations gather in Rio for this year’s Olympic Games, join us to learn about our European neighbours with fun crafts and activities.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£1 per child

Dewsbury Museum
Crow Nest Park
Heckmondwike Road
West Yorkshire
WF13 2SG




01924 324766


01924 325109

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