The best museums and galleries in Sheffield and South Yorkshire and what makes them fun to visit


The museum currently has several exhibitions, including one featuring the Peregrine Falcon and one exploring Sheffield in the 1950s.

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Weston Park Museum, Sheffield.

Weston Park is Sheffield’s largest museum and is housed in a Grade II listed building.

There is a cafe on site named Ambulo which has indoor and outdoor seating.

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP

Cusworth Hall and Museum, Doncaster.

Admission is free to this art-focused venue that opened in 2001.

The gallery offers two permanent exhibitions and regularly presents works of art by local and international artists.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cannon Hall Museum, Barnsley.

Address: Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP

The art gallery is located above the Central Library in Sheffield city centre.

This summer, the gallery presents an exhibition called “Framed in Friendship” which includes drawings, paintings and letters.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ

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This museum opened in 1982 and stands on an artificial island that is over 900 years old.

It’s filled with interactive galleries that focus on Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Visitors to this museum can take a look back at the history of the agricultural era.

It contains 18th century agricultural tools and a steam engine.

The site will soon open a brand new cafe and learning center.

Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Abbeydale Road, Beauchief, Sheffield, S7 2QW

The museum dates back to the 1500s and offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time.

The workshop is free to visit and has a restored water wheel and old tools for you to explore.

Opening hours: Saturday, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, S11 2YE

National Museum of Emergency Services

More than 40 vehicles are displayed on three floors in this museum.

The history of the police and fire service is told in the exhibits – there are artifacts that date back to 1900.

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Old Fire Station, W Bar, Sheffield, S3 8PT

Danum Gallery, Library and Museum

This brand new museum opened in 2021 and has a strong focus on railway heritage.

There’s a large exhibit that explores the town’s history with nods to mining and local landmarks.

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Checker Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE

The museum is inside the Grade I listed building which was built in the 1740s.

Its exhibits trace the history from the 18th century to the present day.

The hall sits on a large park which includes a children’s play area and a large lake.

Opening hours: Fridays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Cusworth Hall, Cusworth, Doncaster DN5 7TU

Visiting the historic house that currently houses the De Morgan collection is free.

The 19th century work has never been on public display, so it’s a treat to see the ceramics at Barnsley.

Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

This modern museum explores the rich history of Rotherham and its people.

It currently has exhibits titled ‘Children’s Capital of Culture’ and ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’ displayed in the hall.

There is an amusement park in the hall which offers roller coasters, water rides, bumper cars and arcade games.

Opening hours: Between April and September the museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Address: Clifton Lane, Rotherham, S65 2AA

Magna Science Adventure Center

This interactive education center is well known for its fun science activities – but did you know it also contains a museum?

The center houses a section devoted to the heritage of steel.

There are audio tours and visual exhibits that explore Templeborough’s steelworks which date back to Roman times.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: Magna Way, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1FD

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