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.

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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.
A display of military medals arranged around a First World War memorial plaque

Armistice100 at Wakefield Museum

  • 11 November 2018 — 11 May 2019 *on now

Visit Wakefield Museum and Create café to discover the wartime stories of Private George Kellett, Sergeant Arthur Cox and Nurse Marion Walker.

In the museum Welcome Space visitors can see the diary kept by Private Kellett in the trenches in 1918. You can also pay tribute to Boer War veteran and honorary Freeman of Wakefield, Sergeant Cox, who served with Royal Field Artillery in the First World War and was sadly killed in northern France in 1917. His Military Medal for bravery in the field is on display alongside his family's mementos.

Across the corridor in Create café, see reproduced pages from Nurse Walker's autograph book, signed by her patients as they recovered from illness and injury at the White Rose Military Hospital. Their drawings, mottos and messages are a moving insight into wartime resilience and are full of friendship and love, humour and hope.

After your visit, follow @WW1_Diary to see more from George's diary, Marion's book and hear other local voices from the First World War.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+



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.

Wakefield Museum
Wakefield One,
Burton Street
West Yorkshire



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Wakefield Museum

01924 302104

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