Wakefield Museum

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A family looking at the sporting history display at Wakefield Museum

Contact Details:

01924 302104

museums@wakefield.gov.uk

We love our museums and castles and we know you will too.

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Visit Wakefield Museum

Entrance is free

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Monday
​9am - 5pm
Tuesday
​9am - 5pm
Wednesday
​9am - 7pm
Thursday
​9am - 7pm
Friday
​9am - 5pm
Saturday
​9am - 4pm
Sunday
​Closed

Facilities and services

  • Café nearby
  • Parking nearby
  • Toilets nearby
  • Step free access
  • Hearing loop
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Free family activities and resources
  • Education visits

Covid-19 measures

Good to go

Wakefield Museum has followed VisitEngland guidelines in order to ensure that it is safe to visit.

From Monday 19 July we want you to visit our museum with confidence and feel safe. We are therefore keeping many of our safety measures in place. This includes:

  • One way systems
  • Asking visitors to sanitise their hands
  • Asking staff and visitors to wear face coverings, if they can
  • Limiting numbers in the museum
  • Carrying out additional cleaning

Please make space and be mindful of others as you move around our displays.

You do not need to book, but may be asked to wait if the museum is busy. Our quietest visiting times are between 9 and 10am.

Under the UK Government's NHS Test and Trace scheme we will also ask every visitor over the age of 16 to provide their name and contact details, but this is not mandatory. 

Address

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB Get directions with Google Maps. Entrance is free

Getting there:

The museum is located a few minutes' walk from the City centre.

Public Transport:

The museum is a 2 minute walk from Westgate Railway Station, 0.9mile (20 minute walk) from Kirkgate Station, and less than half a mile (8 minute walk) from Wakefield Bus Station. A free city bus runs every 10 minutes via the bus station from both Kirkgate and Westgate Railway stations and stops outside the museum.

Metro

By Car and Coach:

Easily accessible from the M1 via Junction 40 along the A638 or Junction 41 along the A650. Use WF1 2EB in your sat nav. Get directions with Google Maps

Parking:

The nearest car park can be found at Merchant Gate next to Westgate Railway station at WF1 2QN.
Alternative parking in Wakefield

Café:

Create café can be found opposite Wakefield Museum within the main Wakefield One building. Create serves fresh and locally sourced food and drink. Please call 01924 223330 to check opening hours.

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Access

Accessible parking

  • The nearest Blue Badge parking is on Burton Street, WF1 2EB, but spaces are limited.

Assistance

  • Staff are on hand to help in any way we can and wear a purple uniform. There is always a member of staff in the museum reception.
  • Volunteers are often in the building and are also available to help. They wear a green uniform

Moving around our spaces

  • There are three exhibition areas and they are all on a level surface accessed from the entrance on Cliff Lane.
  • Some of our exhibition spaces have low light levels to protect delicate objects on display
  • Sometimes our exhibitions include audio
  • The museum is level access throughout
  • The learning space can be found within the library which is one floor above the museum and can be accessed by a lift or stairs
  • We can provide chairs if you need to sit down during your visit

Toilets and baby changing

  • Public toilets can be found on the floor above the museum and can be accessed via a lift or stairs.
  • We do not have changing places facilities. The nearest changing place facility is in The Ridings Shopping Centre, WF2 1DS, which 0.5 miles away.

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Things to see and do

Bring friends and family to Wakefield Museum and discover the extraordinary, the oldest, the first, and the one and only.

Visitors looking at objects found at nearby Sandal Castle on display at Wakefield Museum

Explore the history of Wakefield and hear stories told through the eyes of the people involved in shaping our fine city.

Highlights: Charles Waterton

Discover the extraordinary Charles Waterton, the Wakefield-born Victorian eco-warrior and explorer.

You can even stand on the back of our fierce caiman crocodile, captured on one of his trips to South America. The Waterton Collection is on loan from Stonyhurst College.

A boy looking at the preserved caiman on display at Wakefield Museum

Special exhibition – A World of Good

10 July 2021 – 9 July 2022

A World of Good is a new multi-sensory exhibition at Wakefield Museum. It highlights the biggest threat to humanity we face: the climate crisis.

The exhibition includes the letters of 19th-century environmentalist Charles Waterton, brought to life by paper sculpture, animation and sound. You can also hear soundbites from renowned experts such as Sir David Attenborough, Michael Palin, Chris Packham and Liz Bonnin.

Be inspired by the exhibition to take action on the climate crisis, sign up to our manifesto, and make a public pledge to act now.

The exhibition experience lasts for 15 minutes and you will be assigned a time slot on arrival. At busy times, there could be a short wait'

A World of Good is part of Festival of the Earth, led by Wakefield Council, from July to October 2021 across the Wakefield district.World of good

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What's On

We are gradually bringing back our usual activities across all our sites. We are taking extra precautions to ensure that our visitors are safe, with limited numbers in each session, hand gel and giving each other space. Booking is essential. For more details and to book see below.

Please see our Discover the Extraordinary blog for all the latest news.

Repurposed Bottle Bird Feeders

Friday 6 Aug, various times available, Ages 6-12, £2.50. Wakefield Museum Learning Zone Booking essential. For more details and to book click here.

Environmental Superheroes

Friday 13 August, various times available, Ages 6-12, £2.50. Wakefield Museum Learning Zone. Booking essential. For more details and to book click here.

Micro:bits – Coding Plant Counters

Friday 20 August, various times available. Ages 8-14, £2.50. Wakefield Museum Learning Zone. Booking essential. For more details and to book click here.

Paper Bird Mobiles

Friday 27 August, various times available. Ages 6-12, £2.50. Wakefield Museum Learning Zone. Booking essential. For more details and to book click here.

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Learning

We can help you bring excitement to learning!

For more information about our learning programmes, flexible workshop sessions, loans boxes and free downloadable teaching resources please see our Museums Blog Pages or select the link below.

Schools Learning Programmes

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Collections

Objects from the Wakefield Museums and Castles' collection

Since 1923, Wakefield Museums and Castles has collected over 110,000 fascinating objects that help to tell the story of the Wakefield District from the distant past to the present day.

Visit our Discover the Extraordinary blog to see more from our collections and explore resources created for you to enjoy at home or at school.

To donate an item to our collection or explore some of our online collections please click below

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Get involved

  • Volunteer with Wakefield Museums and Castles
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About Us

Press and Media Enquiries

All Press and Media enquiries for Wakefield Museum should be made to the Press Office at pressoffice@wakefield.gov.uk