Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham Museum is the local history museum for the Borough of Redcar & Cleveland with a treasure trove of artefacts and exhibitions set on three floors all housed within a magnificent 1710 Queen Anne building.  The museum features a wide range of semi-permanent displays covering local & social history, maritime & industrial heritage. Renowned Saxon Princess Exhibition, a stunning showcase of some of the finest Anglo Saxon finds from Northern England is one of the few outstanding exhibitions you can experience whilst visiting the Museum.

Kirkleatham Museum plays host to an annual programme of exciting family events, musical performances and seasonal activities.

Temporary Exhibitions
Allsorts of Everything, Artist Tony Julian:
1st October – 8th January
Presence, Artist Glenn Middleton:
1st October – 8th January
Auld Hand’s Collection, Artist Graham Hodgson:
15th October – 30th January 2017

Family Visits

There are always exciting things going on in the Museum. Here are some activities you can do with your family during your visit to Kirkleatham.

Memories of Childhood Traditional Games Boxes
Parents and Grandparents introduce your children to your favourite childhood games with the Museum’s Traditional Games Loans Boxes. Each box has a selection of traditional and garden toys and games for you to discover and play with in the Museums gardens and grounds. Games include quoits, skittles, skipping ropes, boolah (hoop & stick), kites, as well as giant versions of favourite boards games like draughts, Snakes and Ladders and noughts and crosses.  Games boxes may be borrowed from the Museum shop with the placement of a returnable deposit, such as your car/house keys or credit card. You may then play with the games anywhere in the Museum grounds for 2 hours.  Larger boxes are also available for group bookings and parties.

Museum Explorer Family Backpacks
Explorer Eddie the Museum Teddy is waiting to meet you and would love to explore the museum with you. He has a backpack full to exciting activities for you to do with your family, as you venture round the museum and grounds.  With Explorer Eddie you can create your own work of art, change the colours of the exhibits, explore what materials they are made out of, become a Museum Detective and much more…  Explorer Eddie and his backpacks can be borrowed from the Museum Shop with the placement of a returnable deposit, such as your car/house keys or credit card. You may then explore with Eddie for up to 2 hours&but don’t forget to bring him back ready to meet the next Museum Explorer Family.  Explorer Eddie also lives in many other Museums around Redcar and Cleveland AND the whole of the North East Region so why not go and see what you can discover in other Museums too.

Treasure Hunts
Special exhibitions have treasure hunts and quizzes to help you explore them. Here you will find the quiz sheets and Hunt instructions to print out ready for your visit.

Events and Activities
The SPIDER Centre provides family craft activities every Tuesday and Thursday of school holidays. Small charge for most activities with all materials included. The sessions are drop-in, so as long as you are with a responsible adult, you can come and join in any time between 10 am and 12 noon or 1 pm and 4 pm.

Making a Mark
Making a Mark is an exciting free programme for children created by Tees Valley Museums working with the National Portrait Gallery. It aims to encourage children to be curious and creative and make their own mark inspired by our local heritage. More information about Making a Mark

Family Activities
School-age children can join the Making a Mark holiday passport scheme with Tees Valley Museums. Pick up a passport at any of the Tees Valley Museums and each time you join in one of the Making a Mark exhibitions, events or activities you will be awarded a stamp in your passport. Collect three stamps from any of the venues and you may claim a prize.

Play Areas

Within the Museum grounds a small woodland trail has been created and benefits from hard surfaced pathways suitable for all visitors to enjoy including those with access problems. A mini beast habitat area can be found on the site along with the construction of a bird hide and bird feeding station. The Countryside Services Section have a Ranger based within the museum grounds. Events are held on Mondays during school holidays. Please visit our website for details.

Kirkleatham Museum Walks

Guided walks to Historic Sites around Kirkleatham A short programme of guided walks around Kirkleatham village. All walks will commence at Kirkleatham Museum at 1.00pm and will last 1.5 hours. The walks will take place on the first Sunday of each month and are £1 per person.

Kirkleatham Owl Centre £

Home to one of the UK’s largest collections of owls and much much more.
Hours of opening : Summer months – Thursday to Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm, Winter months  – Thursday to Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Open Tuesday to Sunday all school holidays except Xmas.
Admission prices : Adults £3.50, Senior Citizens £3.00 , Children (Under 16 years) £2.20, Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 children) £9.95 TICKETS VALID ALL DAY  Concessions for groups and carers.
Disabled access throughout the site

Kirkleatham Museum, Kirkleatham, Redcar, TS10 5NW. 01642 479500

Opening times
Summer: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm Winter: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm Closed: Mondays (except Bank Holidays) Open: Good Friday Closed Christmas: 24th December – 3rd January

Admission charges
Admission to the museum is free but there are charges for some of the touring exhibitions and events held at the site.

Getting around
The museum’s three floors are accessible for wheelchair users. There are disabled toilet facilities and guide dogs are welcome.

A huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering contact 01642 479500

We sell a vast range of gifts and souvenirs, including jewellery based on famous Anglo Saxon finds.

Sophellies at Kirkleatham offers a selection of meals in pleasant indoor or outdoor surroundings. 01642 496401

School groups and party visits
Interactive workshops for schools and groups in the dedicated education space – book in advance.



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