“It's been a great privilege to open this spectacular new museum… It's a beautiful design, is beautifully displayed and is full of interesting things.” Sir David Attenborough
Wakefield Museum tells stories about people and their lives. Some are over a thousand years in the making, others are only just beginning. Explore the museum and hear a few of these stories.
Follow the themes of wealth and power, hardship and hope, passion and belief, love and war, work and home.
Discover the extraordinary – the oldest, the first, the one and only
Remember the ordinary – everyday life, everyday people
Feel the emotion – love, hate, passion, sorrow, laughter, loss, discovery
Be inspired – beautiful objects, faraway lands, craftsmanship
Have a go – clock-in, ride the rhubarb express, spot enemy planes, build a Tudor building, dress up
Wakefield Museum is here because of you, your past and your future. Explore this beautiful museum and find your place in Wakefield’s history.
NOTE: The museum will close at 5pm, Wednesday 24 December and will re-open at 9am, Monday 5 January.
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Follow signs for Wakefield City Centre. Located behind Wakefield's County Hall.
By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station