Chertsey Museum

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We have fine collections, including history of the Runnymede area, local archaeology and history of Chertsey Abbey, fine art, decorative art, social history including many documents and photographs, local clocks and the nationally significant Olive Matthews Collection of dress and textiles.

Free Wi-Fi and smart phone gallery guide available.

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Opening hours

We will re-open on Saturday 25 July with new temporary opening hours


Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - closed
Thursday - 11am to 4pm
Friday - 11am to 4pm
Saturday - 11am to 4pm
Sunday - 11am to 4pm


Admission charges

Admission Free. 10% discount on shop purchases for Museum Friends, Museums Association and ICOM members.


  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • British Association of Friends of Museums

Additional info

Chertsey Museum has flat access throughout with a lift to access the upper floors. Adapted toilets offer baby changing facilities as well as disabled access.

Social history for the Borough of Runnymede, Thames Valley archaeology, horology, fine and decorative art and an extensive fashions from the Olive Matthews Collection.

Collection details

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

Key artists and exhibits

  • Art collection includes paintings by Edward H. Niemann, Edmund John Niemann, Robert Gallon, William Daniell RA, John Hassell RA and Edward Hassell RA.
  • Key exhibits include 13th century lead glazed tiles from Chertsey Abbey, a celtic sword, a 10th century Viking sword made by Ulfberht, an 1851 regulator clock displayed at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace and historic dress dating from the 18th to 21st centuries.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Iron age pot

In The Beginning

  • 25 July — 6 September 2020 *on now

Whilst the current Borough of Runnymede has only existed since the early 1970s, evidence of people living and working in the area dates back considerably further.

During the Stone Age, humans progressed from being nomadic hunter-gatherers to settled farmers. From the Bronze Age through to the Iron Age, new technological advances in tools and weapons brought changes to the landscape and the lives of those occupying it. Farmers became traders as structured societies were created and developed. This exhibition looks at the archaeological evidence left behind by these earliest prehistoric residents, from the Stone Age to the Romans.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Thurs to Sun 11am to 4pm
Free entry. Please visit the museum website for covid visitor guidelines.

Goddess evening gown

The Roaring Twenties

  • 25 July — 6 September 2020 *on now

It is 100 years since this fascinating and ground-breaking decade began and Chertsey Museum are celebrating with a glittering display of 1920s fashions. Dazzling evening dress, wedding clothes, underwear, sportswear and accessories are on show; all carefully selected from the Olive Matthews Collection of dress. We have recently added some significant items to our 1920s collections, and these are displayed for the first time. They include a stunning Paul Poiret ‘Goddess’ gown and a beaded tunic from the height of the ‘Egyptomania’ craze.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Thurs to Sun 11am to 4pm Free entry. Please visit the museum website for covid visitor guidelines

chesney hawkes

Runnymede's Melody Makers

  • 25 July — 6 September 2020 *on now

Whether it be Keith Moon and his iconic milk float, Sir Elton John with his spectacular glasses, or Lonnie Donegan with his Skiffle washboard, the Borough of Runnymede has a rich history when it comes to some of the nation's music icons.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Thurs to Sun 11am to 4pm
Free entry. Please visit the museum website for covid visitor guidelines

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.

Young Friends

Why not join our Young Friends club and attend half-term and holiday workshops and events at Chertsey Museum? Fun and practical activities are on offer relating to the museum collections and temporary exhibitions. There are also art and craft workshops which follow a seasonal theme. If you have any suggestions about ideas for activities you would like to do at the Museum, please email and let us know. Young Friends is suitable for children aged 6-12 years. Parents are welcome to stay to help in workshops.

How to obtain

Places are limited so booking and paying in advance is essential. Call the Museum on 01932 565764 to make a provisional booking, then print the booking form from the website and send this with a cheque for £5.00 (50p discount for Friends of Chertsey Musuem) made payable to Runnymede Borough Council to Chertsey Museum.

15 Minutes of Fun

Free family craft activities
Join us for our monthly family drop-in craft activity.

How to obtain

First Saturday of each month: 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
It’s free and you don’t need to book just come along and join in!

Chertsey Museum App

Chertsey Museum, the museum for Runnymede Borough, presents a smart phone app that brings the past and present together in the streets and lanes of the Surrey town. The app brings to life the Museum’s collection of historic photographs of the town's shops and streetscapes. Using GPS and an interactive map, it creates a window on the past from the exact position in which you are standing. Launched to coincide with a previous exhibition “Shops and Shopping,” the images cover the period from 1880 to 1980. Over time the Museum has added further photos to the mobile exhibition.

Find out the history of the traditional, quirky or long-forgotten shops of Chertsey; zoom in to the fascinating photos; and follow a trail through this pretty market town.

How to obtain

The app is available as a free download from both Apple and android app stores.

Memory Box Cafe

People living with dementia and their carers are invited to join us for tea and cake, Make new friends and relax in a friendly, supportive environment.

How to obtain

Free! Just drop in. Third Friday of each month 2pm to 3pm

Museum Monkeys

Under 5s club monthly every first and third Friday morning

How to obtain

Cost: £5.00 per child, additional sibling £2.50 (1-5 year olds)
50p discount for Friends of Chertsey Museum
Siblings under 1 are free. Advance booking required.

Chertsey Museum
The Cedars
33 Windsor Street
KT16 8AT




01932 565764


01932 571118

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