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Bagshaw Museum

About the venue

  1. Admission free

    Visiting groups should book.

    Our new Autumn and Winter opening times for Bagshaw Museum are as follows:

    November - February
    12noon-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 11am – 4pm Tuesday to Thursday during school holidays.

    September – October
    12noon-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 11am – 5pm Tuesday to Thursday during school holidays.

    We are available for pre-booked events including school bookings, group bookings and room hire during these periods. Anyone wanting to visit outside the times above should contact us on 01924 324765.

    There will be special opening times and events for Christmas and Easter so please keep an eye out for information nearer the time.

    It’s Happening - a twice yearly booklet with details of events, exhibitions and talks in Kirklees Museums - may be found under

    Explore the World at Bagshaw Museum. A Victorian former mill owner's house set in 36 aces of parkland and ancient woodland, the museum is host to a wide range of unusual and exciting collections of collections from around the globe.

    Once the home of George Sheard from 1875-1902, this Gothic house became a museum a hundred years ago in 1911 and was named after its first curator, Walter Bagshaw. Where else could you hear a Shirley Bassey hit and come face to face with a Ganges crocodile? Bagshaw Museum is a very surprising and entertaining place!

    Displays include: two Batley local history galleries including stories about iconic institutions such as Fox's Biscuits and Batley Variety Club; the 'Spirit of South Asia' gallery and a versatile temporary exhibition space that can also be used to host events and activities.

    Other permanent displays include: 'The Kingdom of Osiris', an atmospheric Egyptology gallery where dramatic lighting effects help to recreate the interior of a tomb and a Victorian seaside gallery with a Punch and Judy show.

    We have a small refreshment area within the museum shop where hot and cold drinks can be purchased and enjoyed.


    Fire regulations in the Victorian building mean that there are some restrictions on the use of prams and pushchairs indoors especially on busy event days and to the 1st floor.

    There is now wheelchair access to the first floor galleries. Please contact the museum for further details and any other access information that will help you to plan your visit.


Bagshaw Museum,
Wilton Park,
Woodlands Road,
WF17 0AS

Opening times:

Please click on the link under Further Information.


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Wheelchair access Wheelchair access
Disabled parking Disabled parking
Partially accessible toilet Partially accessible toilet

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