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:


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.
Magna Carta 800th

Magna Carta

  • Until 30 June 2015 *on now
  • From 2 May 2015

Of the twenty five barons involved in the revolt, one named William de Forz represented Skipton. This is why 800 years on we are celebrating its anniversary here in Craven Museum & Gallery, copies of this document were granted only to each of the 25 influential places making this a unique opportunity to view one of the most influential documents in history.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Craven Museum & Gallery is free to enjoy.

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.
Forest of Possibility

The Forest of Possibility

  • Until 30 June 2015 *on now
  • From 7 May 2015

THE FOREST OF POSSIBILITY is an intriguing exhibition of contemporary art ready to be explored at small venues in North Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire. Starting in January 2015, the show is arriving an Craven Museum and Gallery in Skipton from 7 May to 30 June 2015. Admission is free.

Featuring seven artists from around the globe, the exhibition invites you to enter a world of extraordinary encounters with the forest, its ancient trees, animals and plants that inhabit it. The forest is a place of potential, where myths and fairytales are created. Sinister or enchanted, it is a space for the subconscious, for dreams or nightmares.

The artists use the most familiar of materials, paper, to hint at the cyclical relationship between trees and knowledge through the production of paper and books even in this digital age.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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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