Pre-book free entry to Saturday 7th August Open Day

Visitors can now book to see 2 very different exhibitions at the museum:

Click here to book your free tickets for Saturday 7th August open day

Victorian Leisure; a spotlight on entertainment and science

(18th May to 4th December 2021)

5 images shown in a grid, top row from left to right shows a decorative, gilt fan with pastoral scene, and a wooden optical device with a painted glass showing the earth, moon and sun.  Bottom row from left to right shows a cylindrical drum with cut outs called a black metal device with a glass slide through the lens called a magic lantern, and a mannequin wearing a pale blue dress with white lace detailing.ess.

Victorian objects; top row from left to right: mother of pearl fan and optical toy. Bottom row from left to right: zoetrope, magic lantern and Victorian dress.

This exhibition has been inspired by the 150th anniversary of The Royal Albert Hall, London and explores an era full of wondrous scientific discoveries, theatre and entertainment.

Fascinating objects on display include examples of early motion picture such as the zoetrope and magic lantern, to an architectural model of a Victorian theatre, Victorian outfits and an extravagant, green fringed, theatre handbill.

50th Anniversary display of Mr.Men & Little Miss

(20th July to 4th September 2021)

The museum is commemorating 50 years since the first Mr Men book was published in 1971 with a brand new display bursting with colour and familiar, funny characters.

Find out how Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men series began with Mr Tickle and his extraordinary long arms!

Rare items on display include a beanbag chair from the mid 1970’s, a working Mr Bump radio from 1979, a Mr Tickle mirror from 1980 and 2 old records with actor, Arthur Lowe narrating the stories.

The museum is running a competition to create your own loveable character during the summer holidays, and there will be a chance to win some Mr. Men prizes!  The Draw your favourite Mr. Men or Little Miss poster is available to download here: Draw your favourite Mr. Men or Little Miss Competition and it is also available to collect at the museum.

Remember, we’re free to visit and have fun quizzes and activities for all the family to get involved in!