Christmas and New Year opening hours
The museum will close at 5pm, Wednesday 24 December and will re-open at 9am, Monday 5 January
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 1960s 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.
Wakefield 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.