Doncaster Museum

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Doncaster Museum is full of exciting collections depicting various aspects of natural history, archaeology, and local history. Visitors are invited to take a journey around the museum by the ‘River and Road' route and discover the history of one of England's oldest towns.

Our Museum Education service provides school workshops throughout the year and a museum loans service. There is also a reminiscence collection available for loan to the elderly and community groups.

*Accredited Museum (MLA), Heritage Lottery Funded, Arts Council England funded.
*Lift, Baby change, Refreshment machine, wheelchair access, on site car park.

Doncaster Art Gallery and the regimental museum of the King's own Light Infantry are also located within the museum building.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Wednesday to Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 - 16:15
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Admission charges

Admission Free

Natural history; archaeology; local history; fine and decorative art

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Music, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

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.
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Doncaster Local History Fair

  • 28 April 2018 11am-4pm

Join us for the annual Local History Fair organised by the member groups of Doncaster & District Heritage Association (DDHA). There will be stalls, displays, family activities, craft demonstrations, re-enactments and entertainment. Find out about the DDHA Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons Memorial project. Bring your First World War objects to be scanned and added to Doncaster 1914–18’s online archive with the GreatWar on Tour.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Drawing of Richard III

The Looking for Richard Project by Philippa Langley

  • 29 April 2018 10:30am-12pm

In 2012, Philippa Langley led the search for Richard III in a council car park in Leicester through her original Looking for Richard Project. Philippa conceived, facilitated and commissioned this unique historical investigation. Following seven and a half years of enquiry, she identified the likely location of the church and grave, instructing exhumation of the human remains uncovered in that exact location. Her project marked the first-ever search for the lost grave of an anointed King of England.

In 2013 she published her compelling story in The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III. She is President of the Scottish Branch of the Richard III Society and in 2015 was awarded the MBE by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Philippa now tells her incredible story. Detailing the research that led her to this location and the discovery made on the very first day of the dig, Philippa reveals what the discovery tells us about Richard III and how the return of the king has helped reveal the man behind the Tudor myth.

Philippa will be signing copies of her book after the talk.


£8 - contact Doncaster Local Studies to book on 01302 734307 or email

photograph of soldiers and nurses from the First World War

Curator’s Tour: Keep the Home Fires Burning

  • 4 May 2018 2-3pm

Explore Doncaster 1914-18’s latest temporary exhibition with the exhibition’s Curator, and handle real and replica First World War objects. Keep the Home Fires Burning explores how the war on the Home Front changed the lives of people in Doncaster forever, and includes stories researched and shared by members of the community.


Booking required. Book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email

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The History of Chocolate: Talk by Helen Cox

  • 5 May 2018 10:30am-12pm

The development of the world’s favourite confectionery from its Mayan and Aztec origins to the present day with reference to historical chocolate items found in museum collections. Includes samples for tasting!


£3 - Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email

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The Romans in Doncaster: Artefact Handling Session

  • 6 May 2018 11am-12:30pm

A family friendly talk about what life was like in Doncaster during the Roman period. The attendees will get the opportunity to handle real artefacts from the area and learn more about how they were made and used.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Cost: £4. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email

Photo of Munition workers at Great Northern Railway during WW1

Women and work in the First World War

  • 9 May 2018 6:30-8pm

As part of the Imperial War Museum’s Women and War Work 100 season, join us for the screening of three short films, drawn from and inspired by the Imperial War Museums archive collection. Professor Alison Fell of the University of Leeds will set the films in context and explore women’s work during the First World War and its legacies.


£3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email

Historical photo of Doncaster Gaol

Crime and Justice in the 19th century

  • 10 May 2018 2:30-4pm

John Brown presents an overview of crime and the justice system in the 19th century with a special focus on the attitudes towards women and children. Particular cases will be included from the Doncaster area and other locations to illustrate the differences to the present time.


£3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email

Photo of roman pottery and screen with projector

Pottery in Archaeology Conference 2018

  • 12 May 2018 10:30am-4pm

The conference will consist of a series of short papers (20mins) on the general theme of pottery in archaeology, drawing on recent work in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, north Lincolnshire and adjacent areas. The overall aim will be to inform professionals, amateurs, volunteers, independent researchers and anyone with an interest in pottery and/or archaeology about recent work in the region. Rarely seen material will be on display and there will be the opportunity to discuss the subject informally over tea and coffee.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Doncaster Museum Education Service

What's available through the Education Service?
Doncaster Museum Education Service offers a range of learning sessions from the Romans to Remembrance Day, and from the Victorians to Mini-Beasts, to schools and educational establishments at its two sites, Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery and Cusworth Hall Museum and Park.
Specialist and experienced Education Officers deliver learning sessions across a broad range of National Curriculum and Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) topics as well as out-of-school hours' activities for families and local communities.
The third part of the Museum Education Service is the Museum Loans Service based at Barnby Dun.
The Museum Loans Service

Museum Loans Service

What the service provides
The Museum Loans Service has a rich and varied collection which supports the National Curriculum, including natural history specimens, social history artifacts, models and artwork. However, items which can be added to the collection are always welcome, so next time you are clearing out the attic, garage, cupboards, etc. please think of us.
Resources are used to provide support in the classroom after a museum/education visit; handling objects for interactive learning; and displayed exhibitions in protective plastic cases.
Loans can now be ordered using the on-line catalogue, which can be found using the 'Museum Loans Catalogue'
There is a van delivery service a

How to obtain

Loans can now be ordered using the on-line catalogue, which can be found on the Doncaster Museum Loans Webpage.

Doncaster Museum
Chequer Road
South Yorkshire




01302 734293


01302 735409

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