Museum:Wakefield Museum

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Wakefield Museum, free entry


Gateway to Eternity

Gateway to Eternity

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Wakefield One,
Burton Street,


*Information updated 6 January 2021*

Wakefield Museums and Castles Closure

Following the recent announcement from the government on COVID-19, all Council museums are closed until further notice. This is Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract Museums

However, Pontefract Castle grounds and toilets will remain open to the public during the hours as currently advertised and the café will be serving takeaway food and drink.

The grounds of Sandal Castle and car park will remain open with social distancing measures in place.

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Step into a world of mystery at Wakefield Museum to discover stories of people and their lives, some over a thousand years in the making, others are only just beginning.

Explore the extraordinary world of Charles Waterton, creator of the world’s first nature reserve. Are you brave enough to stand on top of the caiman?

Imagine life as a nineteenth century prisoner in Wakefield Jail, discover the area’s rugby heritage, hear the strange crackle that forced rhubarb makes when growing, learn the hardships of war throughout the ages and relive the stories of people who have worked, lived and played in the city.

Wakefield Museum is located on the lower level of Wakefield One. The Free City Bus stops just outside and Westgate Railway Station is only a two minute walk away.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed


Free entry


See location of Wakefield Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 330209  Lat: 53.68351 Long: -1.50182

By Road:
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


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed