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.

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Opening hours

Open all year round- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Closed: Tuesdays and Sundays except the first Sunday of the month April-September.

Re-opens May 1st 2015.

Admission charges

Free Admission

Additional info

The chair lift is currently out of use therefore there is no access to the Museums 2nd Floor until further notice. 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.
A Tale of Two Festivals Yarndale

A Tale of Two Festivals

  • Until 4 October 2015 *on now
  • From 15 July 2015

Yarndale 26 – 27 September

A creative festival celebrating all things woolly and wonderful, Yarndale hosts an impressive selection of talented and passionate exhibitors. Stunning exhibitions, skill demonstrations and a full programme of textile workshops create a visual feast.

During the two day festival, Skipton’s Auction Mart is transformed into an exciting and inspirational market place for yarn lovers.
Evidence of Yarndale can be seen in Skipton through the yarn-bombed route to the Auction Mart through Airedale Park and the presence of a decorated double decker Routemaster ferrying people to and from the High Street. It’s an event not to be missed.

Yarndale has set up a woolly exhibition to give you a little taste of what to expect in September. You can even be a living exhibit and sit and knit and natter in the gallery.

More information about the festival can be found on the Yarndale website.

Skipton Puppet Festival 2 – 4 October

Skipton’s International Puppet Festival happens once every two years and is now famous across Europe. From small beginnings, the Puppet Festival has grown into a not-to-be-missed event with 40 international performers and acts for adults as well as for children.

There are free performances on the Canal Basin and the chance to make your own puppets and join in the puppet parade down Skipton High Street.

Go to the Skipton Puppet Festival website to order your brochure for the festival and find out how to join in the parade. The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild, the oldest puppetry organisation in the world who celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, have kindly lent the wide range of puppets you will see on display in this exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Craven Museum & Gallery is free to enjoy.

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


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01756 706407

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