Wakefield Museum

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 9.00am - 5.00pm

Wednesdays, Thursdays 9.00am - 7.00pm

Saturdays 9.00am - 4.00pm

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.
Ryan Jarman's Fender Mustang Special

The Cribs at Wakefield Museum

  • 18 April — 20 July 2017 *on now

The Cribs have electrified the British music scene since 2002. They have produced six albums and played countless gigs, festivals and concerts around the world. The band has collaborated with major names in the world of rock. In 2012, The Cribs were honoured with the Spirit of Independence award at the Q Awards and the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the NME Awards

The display includes some of the band’s instruments and other items that chart the history of the popular band.

The Cribs have never lost touch with their Wakefield roots and this exhibition is celebrating the huge success that the local band has achieved.


The display will run until July 2017. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Wakefield Museum, Wakefield One, Wakefield, WF1 2EB

@WFMuseums

Suitable for

  • Any age
The 1966 World Cup footballs were made in Horbury, Wakefield

Playmakers

  • 18 April — 1 July 2017 *on now

For more than a century, Horbury, Wakefield, was a centre of high tech, high quality sports manufacturing, home in its heyday to possibly the largest sports equipment factory in the world. Our exhibition at Wakefield Museum celebrates this important local industry. Playmakers tells the story of how a local saddler’s apprentice became the chairman of a leading international company.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/events/thedms.aspx?dms=3&venue=2190474&itemtype=444%2c202&catid=4&msg=Exhibitions&feature=1190

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.
Boy taking part in a craft activity

Family Fun

  • 29 April 2017 11am-3pm
  • 6 May 2017 11am-3pm
  • 13 May 2017 11am-3pm
  • 20 May 2017 11am-3pm
  • 27 May 2017 11am-3pm
  • 3 June 2017 11am-3pm
  • 17 June 2017 11am-3pm
  • 24 June 2017 11am-3pm
  • 1 July 2017 11am-3pm
  • 8 July 2017 11am-3pm

A fun activity in the museum that everyone can join in with! Whether handling museum objects or taking part in a fun craft activity, there's something to do every Saturday. What will it be this week?

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=450

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.

Publisher

  • 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.

Wakefield Museum
Wakefield One,
Burton Street
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 2EB
England

Website

www.wakefield.gov.uk/museums

Museums Blog

www.wakefield.gov.uk/museumsblog

E-mail

Museum

museums@wakefield.gov.uk

general enquires

museumsandarts@wakefield.gov.uk

Telephone

Wakefield Museum

01924 302104

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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