Royal Pump Room Museum

Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate
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Visit the Royal Pump Room Museum to discover the intriguing story of how Harrogate became a spa town. Discover stories of Russian royalty and disappearing crime writers, marvel at the amazing spa treatments and join a tour to see the strongest sulphur well in Europe.
Discover our fantastic Egyptian collections and the scientific testing going on to find out more.

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Opening hours

Open daily Monday - Saturday 10.30am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 5pm. Closes 4pm January to March.

Admission charges

Adults £3.85, Children £2.25, Concessions £2.75, Family Ticket £10.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech 2010. Credit: Snap Stills/REX Shutterstock

Wonderful Women: Costumes for Royalty, Writers and Rebels

  • 17 October — 31 December 2015 *on now

Explore the lives of some of the great women of the last 450 years, from royalty to writers and rebels, through an evocative showcase of costumes featured in blockbuster films, at Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room Museum this autumn.

Harrogate, as everybody knows, is a fashionable town, and since the roaring success of the Downton Abbey exhibition, the autumn costume show at this landmark Harrogate museum has become a favourite event.

Some of the costumes on display help to reveal a different side of some of these great women. The bronze gauze dress worn by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998) represents the simpler gowns that the young Queen of England would have worn in private, whereas in public her extravagant dress was intended to emphasise her power, announce her dominant personality and capture the imagination of her subjects.

The business-like brown suit, worn by Renee Zellweger in Miss Potter (2006) embodies
Beatrix Potter’s struggle to be taken seriously. Well known as the author and illustrator of Peter Rabbit, she was also a natural scientist and conservationist.

Also on show are the costumes worn by:

- Elizabeth Hurley when she played Christabel Bielenberg in the 1988 TV series Christabel,
- A cerise pink silk taffeta evening dress worn by Madonna playing Eva Peron in Evita (1988),
- A satin dress worn by Nicole Kidman when she played Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002)
- An embroidered dress, worn by Anne Hathaway in Becoming Jane (2007) with the newly fashionable empire-line waist adopted by Jane Austen and her contemporaries.

Wonderful Women tells the story of these strong females through this thought provoking showcase of costumes which reveals the very different periods of society in which they lived.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £4; Concession/NUS £2.90; Child £2.35; Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £11.50.


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.

A Step by Step guide to Egyptian Mummification

A brief guide to why and how ancient Egyptians preserved their bodies for eternity, with a simple quiz to test what students have learnt.


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

Royal Pump Room Museum
Crown Place
North Yorkshire




01423 556188


01423 556130

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