Wakefield Museum

Wakefield Museum
Wakefield One,
Burton Street
West Yorkshire



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Wakefield Museum

01924 305356

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Wakefield makes stories about people and their lives. Some are over a thousand years in the making, others are only just beginning. Explore the gallery and hear a few of these stories.

Follow the themes of wealth and power, hardhsip and hope, passion and belief, love and war, work and home.

Experience the hard work of grinding grain, get dressed up, and have a go at creating some mixed-up animals-and then relax in the Front Room and let the kids explore the toy box and have a go at the activities on offer.

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Opening hours

Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays
9.30am - 6.00pm

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
9.30am - 8.00pm

Admission charges

Free entry

Getting there

The museum is on the lower ground floor of the council building - Wakefield One. This is immediatley behind County Hall on Burton Street, and visible from Wakefield Westgate train station.

Charles Waterton collection of exotic species from S. American rainforest. Social history from earliest settlers to 21st Century. Archaeology from the Wakefield District, including artefacts from nearby Sandal Castle.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Red satin shoes

Style Picks

  • 3 July 2014 — 31 January 2015 *on now

‘Style Picks’ is a magnificent celebration of the museum’s beautiful costume collection.

Four guest curators have raided Wakefield Museums’ wardrobe to create a rainbow of women’s wear trends, from 1730 to today. The guest curators, a milliner, chiropodist, fashion entrepreneur and historical clothing enthusiast, were invited to select items from the collections for display.

Their choices have resulted in a colourful selection from peacock feather hats, to platform shoes and party frocks. The clothes and accessories have been displayed to give the visitor the feel of stepping into a fashion magazine.
This exhibition was funded by Arts Council England

Suitable for

  • Any age
The Great War Trail

The Great War Trail

  • 3 July 2014 — 1 July 2015 *on now

To commemorate the Great War this trail scatters First World War objects throughout the permanent displays at Wakefield Museum. This shows how the war affected all areas of life.

Explore the museum and look out for 'Tommy' to see objects in the trail.

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.
Making newspaper costumes

Newspaper Costumes

  • 30 July 2014

Wednesday 30 July 5pm – 7.30pm

Drop in to Wakefield Museum and join artist Bryony Pritchard in making newspaper costumes based on the Style Picks exhibition.

Plus meet our guest curators and chat to them about their involvement with the exhibition and their interest in costume.

Free. All ages welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Artwalks at Wakefield Museum

  • 30 July 2014
  • 24 September 2014
  • 26 November 2014

Drop in to Wakefield Museum the last Wednesday of every other month between 5pm & 7.30pm to see a whole range of different activities.

30 July: Make newspaper costumes with artist Bryony Pritchard
24 September: A 1980s extravaganza.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Frocks on parade

Frocks on Parade

  • 13 August 2014

6.00 – 7.30pm

A sensational journey through the clothes and culture of five decades, beginning with wartime austerity and ending with 'anything goes'. From the New Look to the New Romantics, Flower Power to power dressing - this talk has it all. What were you wearing when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, when Biba opened her first shop, or when the Berlin Wall fell...? A brilliant 'do you remember?' experience with a fantastic music soundtrack. By the History Wardrobe.

Free but booking is essential call 01924 302700

Suitable for

  • 18+


Free but booking is essential call 01924 302700



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.

Welcome to Wakefield Museum


Skills for Life Pack from Wakefield Museum, useful for helping to improve English and Maths for adults, and as a resource for Skills for Life Tutors in Literacy and Numeracy.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Getting there

The museum is on the lower ground floor of the council building - Wakefield One. This is immediatley behind County Hall on Burton Street, and visible from Wakefield Westgate train station.