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Bagshaw Museum and Wilton Park offers a fun, fascinating, and free day out for the family with plenty to discover.
Bagshaw Museum, housed in an extraordinary Gothic mansion that once belonged to a Victorian former mill owner, is set in 36 acres of lovely parkland and ancient woodland, and it’s easy to imagine that you’ve stepped back in time as you approach the museum.
The museum has a wide range of unusual collections from around the globe, and it is probably one of the only places you can hear a Shirley Bassey hit and come face to face with a Ganges crocodile in this surprising and entertaining place! The displays include 2 Batley local history galleries, where you can learn about iconic institutions like Fox’s Biscuits, the ‘Spirit of South Asia’ gallery, and ‘The Kingdom of Osiris’, a dramatically lit atmospheric Egyptology gallery that recreates the interior of a tomb! You can see beautiful decorative arts from China, Japan, Africa, and India in the ‘Gods, Divine Creatures and Mythical Beasts’ gallery. There is also a versatile temporary exhibitions space that is used to host activities and events.
Free to visit: hooray!
1 March to 31st October summer opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.
Monday: Museum closed.
1st November to 28th February winter opening hours:
Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4pm.
Monday and Friday: Museum closed.