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Kids Activities

Kids Activities


5 Salter Row,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 27 Apr Family Fun
Sat 4 May Family Fun
Wed 8 May Meet the Curator
Sat 11 May - Sat 20 Jul The Golden Age of Satire
Sat 11 May Family Fun
Sat 11 May Ian Hislop&Tom Hockenhull:The Golden Age of Satire


Pontefract Museum is now open again with new displays and a new photographic exhibition featuring 100 years of shopping in the town.

The Museum has undergone a £65,000 refit funded by the Arts Council England, which is in addition to £120,000 that has been invested in gallery redevelopment and upgrades since 2015.

The work, made possible with grant funding from Arts Council England, has transformed Pontefract Museum. The new displays are exciting, accessible and tell wonderful stories of Pontefract’s rich and diverse past.

The new displays tell the story of Pontefract from the Georgian period up to the present day. The ballot box used in the first secret ballot to elect an MP in 1872 takes prominent position, with new comic book style interpretation. There are also new interactive and family friendly elements.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Normal opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm



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Map reference: SE 455219  Lat: 53.69156 Long: -1.31243

By Road:
Jct32 M62
Follow signs for Pontefract Town Centre.
Museum is on the precinct, next to Pontefract Library

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Tanshelf Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired