Brontë Parsonage Museum

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Founded in 1893, the Brontë Society collects and exhibits material relating to the Brontës’ lives and works and shares it with the widest possible audience through display, online access, reader appointments and a lifelong learning programme.

Haworth Parsonage, home of the Brontë family from 1820 to 1861, was gifted to the Brontë Society in 1928. Now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, it houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë material and inspires scholars, writers and artists.

The Museum presents a regularly changing programme of exhibitions, contemporary arts events and family activities and offers an inspirational and evocative experience for people of all ages.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Daily 1000-1700
Daily 1000-1730
Closed 24 - 27 December and 4 - 31 January.

Admission charges

Standard Admission £7.50
Concessions £6.50
Students 17 years + £6.50
Children 5-16 years £3.75 (Children under 5 free)
Family Ticket £18.00 (admits 2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5 - 16 years)

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Social History, Literature

Key artists and exhibits

  • World's largest collection of items relating to the life and work of the Brontë family, including the table where 'Jane Eyre', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' were made.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image or 'Terror', painted by Branwell Brontë

The Brontës, War and Waterloo

  • 16 March 2015 — 3 January 2016 *on now

The European battlefields lay far from the Parsonage dining room, but the Brontës were captivated by the Napoleonic conflicts. They read military accounts in newspapers and periodicals and this exposure to war and bloodshed greatly influenced their creativity.
From the miniature books of their childhood to the adult novels, violence and brutality permeate the Brontës’ work.
In acknowledgement of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this exhibition explores the family’s fascination with war.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £7.50; concessions £6.50; Children £3.75 (under 5s free); Family ticket £18.00


Brontë quilt on display

  • 20 November — 6 December 2015 *on now

We are delighted to present a rare opportunity to view the patchwork quilt worked on by the Brontë sisters and their Aunt Branwell.

Measuring 187cm x 214cm, the quilt consists of silks, taffetas, velvets and cotton and has a calico backing. It has been hand-sewn and the stitches are neat and even. In some places, the quilt has faded and it is possible to see backing papers, such as newspaper, which was common practice in quilt-making at the time. The Brontës also appear to have used fragments of old letters as paper templates.

The quilt is unfinished and was passed on to the family of Martha Brown, the Brontë family's servant. The Brontë Society purchased the quilt in 1924.

The quilt is rarely displayed due to its fragile nature. Come and see it while you can!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Charlotte Great and Small

  • 1 February 2016 — 1 January 2017

Our creative partner for Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary year, Tracy Chevalier, designs an exhibition which, through objects and quotations, explores the contrast between Charlotte’s constricted life and her huge ambition.

At Haworth she and her sisters lived in confined spaces, sharing beds and all working together in one room. They created miniature books and magazines, and Charlotte ruined her eyesight by writing, drawing and painting on such a small scale. Despite being so contained, however, she also had big ideas about the kind of life she wanted and the contribution she expected to make to literature.

Suitable for

  • 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.

Crafty Christmas

  • 5 December 2015 11am-4pm

The Brontës and their contemporaries would have been skilful up-cyclers! Nothing would have been wasted, especially when it came to re-using old fabrics. Come and join local artist Rachael Lee in making some beautiful decorations for your tree, from scraps of felt, blankets, and even woolly jumpers! Stuffed with star anise and cinnamon, they won’t just look festive - they’ll smell like Christmas too.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Charlotte Great and Small exhibition talk

  • 6 February 2016

To celebrate the launch of "Charlotte Great and Small", novelist and curator Tracy Chevalier will talk about her long-held interest in Charlotte Brontë and the process behind pulling together such a unique exhibition to celebrate Charlotte in her bicentenary year.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+




Brontë Parsonage Museum
Church Street
West Yorkshire
BD22 8DR

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01535 642323


01535 647131

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