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Wakefield Museum, free entry


Gateway to Eternity

Gateway to Eternity

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Wakefield One,
Burton Street,

Events at this Venue

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Mon 27 Jul - Sat 14 Nov Gateway To Eternity


Wakefield Museum is Covid-19 Secure and is re-open to visitors.

This means that it uses social distancing and other guidelines to protect the health of everyone. Staff will greet each visitor to explain viewing arrangements.

Key things to note:

- The Local Studies room and The Front Room are temporarily closed.
- There is a one-way system in effect.
- The maximum number of visitors is either three family groups or 15 people at any one time. This means that queuing to gain entry may be required.
- Informational signs are installed to assist visitors navigate the museum.
- Hand-sanitiser is provided for use when entering the building before arriving at the museum.
- All events and activities have been temporarily suspended. This includes workshops, talks, and drop-in craft sessions.
- All interactive resources, including the dressing up boxes, have been temporarily removed from public spaces.
- Some of the activity tables have been temporarily removed to allow additional space for staff and visitors.

For full reopening details please visit:

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 welcomeDisabled accessDogs 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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed