Craven Museum and Gallery

Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton Town Hall
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Craven Museum & Gallery, located in Skipton Town Hall, is a hidden gem in the market town of Skipton. This unique visitor attraction tells the story of Craven through the ages.

Discover something different every time with changing exhibitions, workshops and family events.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open all year round except January. Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm (closed Tuesdays)

Admission charges

Free Admission

Getting there

Located within Skipton Town Hall, through the Tourist Information Centre.

Additional info

The chair lift is currently out of use therefore the access to the Museum on the first floor is via a staircase until further notice. Please contact us if you need any more details in advance of your visit. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Craven Museum & Gallery has many collections, ranging from those that are regionally important, like the archaeology from Elbolton Cave, to local material from the towns and villages in Craven. The museum also cares for the nationally important Roebuck art collection, which was bequeathed to the museum in 1988. Other collections include costume, art, the natural world and a broad range of social history material dating from the 18th century (1700s) to the present day.

Collection details

Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Personalities, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson furniture
  • The Roebuck Collection (a small changing display)
  • The Shakespeare First Folio
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Open page of first folio

The Shakespeare First Folio

  • 1 September 2014 — 1 September 2021 *on now

In 1623, seven years after William Shakespeare’s death, a compilation of 36 of his plays were published together in one volume. No more than 750 copies of this ‘First Folio’ were printed and today only about 230 survive, with fewer than 50 in the British Isles.

First Folios took over two years to print and, due to printing techniques used at the time, it is believed that no two copies of the book are identical. At the time of Shakespeare’s death, in 1616, 18 of his plays had not reached print. They only existed in handwritten actors’ stage notes and Shakespeare’s own drafts. Included in these unpublished works were some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays such as Macbeth, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. It is unlikely that any of these plays would have survived without the Folio. It is for reasons like this that it is thought of as the most important book in English literature.

In the early 1930s, a Shakespeare First Folio was donated to the museum by Miss Ann Wilkinson, daughter of a local businessman. Thanks to funding from Renaissance Yorkshire and a generous bequest from a private citizen, the Museum has the opportunity to display the First Folio for the first time in decades.

Because of its rarity, the folio needs to be kept in specialised conditions. Museum staff have created a new display area which allows the folio to be kept in low lighting. The display includes information about the folio’s history and an audio-visual interpretation voiced by Sir Patrick Stewart. The First Folio is on permanent display and the pages will be turned regularly.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Dogs Dales


  • 9 January — 19 May 2017 *on now

Studio 1 Pop-Up Exhibition - Free Entry

Located in the vacant front corner unit of Skipton Town Hall, open from the 3rd January - Mid May, Monday to Saturday 12 - 4pm.

Studio1 is a new exciting interactive Digital Media experience based around DOGS' DALES; an original animated film made with local wool art. The production will be set in a visitor friendly open studio environment in Skipton Town Hall till end of February 2017, hosted by three professional local artists.

STUDIO 1 is an open studio format creative space where people can visit in office hours (same as Town Hall) and try out different Digital Media techniques in our Activity Stations as well as interact with artists at work on three different projects:

Dogs' Dales - An animated short film inspired by Skipton and Craven and featuring real local locations and real local characters in an anthropomorphic dog form. (For example Judy P. Town Hall ambassador is going to be a golden spaniel. )

The Animation is made using local wool as a material.

People have access to follow a professional animation production from the stat to finish with a local subject on location and online. Virpi Kettu from Kettu Studios is the director and animator of this project.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Entry



Drawing From Life

  • 8 April — 8 June 2017 *on now


Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, Free Admission.
Showcasing a vast array of models, materials and styles this exhibition is a real testament to this age old art, practiced throughout history (there is even evidence of life studies and figure drawing as early as prehistoric times) and yet remains today one of the best ways to learn to draw.

It is the discipline that artists return throughout their practice year after year, regardless of their medium - painters, sculptors, ceramists or printmakers - all take inspiration from the simple pleasure of drawing.

The exhibition will demonstrate the variety of approaches and styles amongst both present and past students, from pencil through to bronze, wire sculpture to linocut.


Free Entry


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.
Museums at Night

Museums at Night at Craven Museum

  • 18 May 2017 5-8pm

Craven Museum is participating in the twice yearly national festival; hear stories from our collections and see items not usually on display, this is a night not to be missed....Bring your torch! Free Event, 5pm - 8pm

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Entry

Getting there

Located within Skipton Town Hall, through the Tourist Information Centre.

Craven Museum and Gallery
Skipton Town Hall
High Street
North Yorkshire
BD23 1AH


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01756 706407

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