All Council museums and castles are closed until further notice.
|Monday||9am to 5pm||
|Tuesday||9am to 5pm|
|Wednesday||9am to 7pm|
|Thursday||9am to 7pm|
|Friday||9am to 5pm|
|Saturday||9am to 4pm|
Christmas and new year opening times
Wakefield Museum is a stimulating and vibrant part of the new and prestigious Wakefield One building in the heart of Wakefield. The museum is located on the lower ground floor along with Local Studies where you are invited to explore and engage with the history of the people of Wakefield.
Highlights to explore
Discover the extraordinary, the oldest, the first, and the one and only in the
Welcome to Wakefield display. See our local cultural treasures and learn surprising facts about the city. Explore the history of Wakefield in the
Main Gallery and hear stories of wealth and power, hardship and hope, love and war, and passion and belief through the eyes of the people involved in shaping the city. You will also be inspired by the amazing and beautiful objects that help to tell this fascinating story.
History comes to life in
The Front Room with a Victorian Kitchen and a 1940s living room. Here children can become characters from the past by trying on our dressing-up collection inspired by the costumes on display in the museum, whilst adults can take a trip down memory lane with our 1950s display.
The Extraordinary World of
Charles Waterton, the Wakefield-born pioneering Victorian eco-warrior and explorer, and view his collection of preserved animals including Charles Waterton's creations made up from bits of animals. You can also stand on the back of the fierce caiman crocodile that he famously captured on one of his trips to South America. The Waterton Collection is on loan from Stonyhurst College.
Special Exhibition Gallery showcases a varied programme of displays inspired by the museum's collections along with loans from other people and places, and is a space to share our work with local groups.
Gateway to Eternity: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
Our current special exhibition is Gateway to Eternity: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Explore what Ancient Egyptians believed about death and follow their journey into the afterlife
Venture into our recreated tomb, marvel at exquisite ancient objects and reflect on the mummy and coffin of Perenbast, a temple singer who lived over 2500 years ago.
Further information and details about events and activities linked to the exhibition.
Wakefield Museum for information about exhibitions and events that are on now or coming up. Our
'What's on' leaflet contains details of events in all the District's museums, and our Wakefield Museums & Libraries Blog has all the latest news.
See our special Museum collections and find details of our
Learning and activities at museums and castles.