Located in the town centre, Pontefract Museum offers a warm and friendly welcome. Here you can discover the history of Pontefract told with fascinating objects housed in a beautiful art nouveau building. Built in 1904 as the town's original library, the building still contains many of its original fittings. There are intricate door handles and matching chairs, and beautiful tiles that decorate the entrance and staircase.
The school holidays can seem like a long time to keep the kids occupied, so we’ve put together an easy planner with an idea for every day - and most of them are free. There’s so much to do across Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract and beyond, brace yourself to spend a summer without hearing those immortal words: ‘I’m bored’.
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Highlights to explore
Pontefract Gallery tells the story of Pontefract and its people, revealing the area's outstanding history and bringing to life an exciting and often surprising past. Charting the history of Pontefract and the people that have lived, worked and played here, this exhibition boasts the world's first secret ballot box and a unique display of objects related to
Ackworth Hoard was found recently buried in a garden in Ackworth inside a pot made locally in Wrenthorpe. The hoard is made up of 52 gold and 539 silver coins and a single gold ring, and some of these treasures are on display here. Dating from the Civil War, it is the only hoard known from the Wakefield District and has a distinct Royalist association.
Bagley's Glass Room tells the remarkable story of the area's rich and important glass industry. The exhibition explores the history of glass-making in the area from Roman times to the present day, with many items from the museum's large collection of
Bagley's Glass on display.
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.
Reference Room can be visited in order to explore Pontefract's fascinating history. Our excellent collection of reference material includes books, articles, photographs and maps.
Pontefract Museum for information about exhibitions and events that are on now or coming up. Our
Exhibitions and Events Leaflet contains details of events in all the District's museums, and our
Wakefield Museums & Libraries Blog has all the latest news.
Our website also allows you to view our special
Museum collections and find details of our
Learning and activities at museums and castles.