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Experience Barnsley - Museum

Experience Barnsley is the first-ever Barnsley Museum. An amazing place to visit for all the family, time and time again. Discover a fascinating past: the good, difficult and incredible times which Barnsley has experienced over the centuries. Get close to priceless treasures. Uncover your own family's history, read 1000 year-old documents and explore a new film and sound archive too.

Check out our Facebook (!/ExperienceBarnsley2012) to find out what's happening now. There are lots of ways for you to get involved, have great fun and make history! 

Experience Barnsley is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm
Sat 10am to 4pm
Sun 11am to 3pm  


Who to contact

Contact Name
Experience Barnsley - Museum

Where to go

Experience Barnsley Museum
Town Hall
Church Street
South Yorkshire
S70 2TA

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There is no cost


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With over 90% of its artefacts contributed by people living and working in the borough, Experience Barnsley is a museum that has been created by the people, for the people.

The huge range of artefacts includes football rattles from the 1950’s, a Littleworth Majorettes outfit from the 1980’s, leather jackets worn by rock band Saxon and Roman coins discovered in Wombwell among many others.

The innovative ‘Making History’ gallery encourages visitors to work with historical evidence and heritage in all its forms. Interactive exhibits include an archaeological dig with hidden treasures including medieval hordes, Roman treasures, linen bobbins and a ‘My Little Pony’! Children will enjoy dressing up in exact replica Roman armour, and will work together to build a replica model of the Penistone Viaduct.

Other exhibits include ‘One Barnsley Address’ where visitors will travel through time from 1690 to 1999 to meet six fascinating characters and discover their stories. Young adventurers can crawl into a 19th century never ending coal mine shaft and discover what it was like for children to work in the mines. Visitors will also be able to listen to a poem contributed by Ian McMillian and watch video footage of Barnsley FC training in the 1930’s.

Last updated on 02/01/2020
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