Wakefield is full of history and it has some great museums to prove it! So if you’re looking for a day out with the kids, wanting to explore your inner creativity or just fancy swatting up on Wakefield’s past and present, why not take a trip to one of Wakefield’s many museums.
The Hepworth is a stand out museum due to its interesting architecture and the creativity that lies inside. The Hepworth is named after Wakefield born artist Barbara Hepworth and is a hub of creativity! After opening its doors in May 2011, The Hepworth has showcased some of the country’s major modern and contemporary art exhibitions. The Hepworth is also host to regular fairs and markets supporting artists throughout the year! With Free entry from 10-5pm daily, there is no excuse not to visit The Hepworth.
Situated in the vibrant ‘One Building’ The Wakefield Museum is the perfect place to delve into the history of Wakefield, everything from past to present. The interactive museum explains stories of wealth and power, love and war and those who shaped Wakefield's history. With plenty to immerse yourself in, The Wakefield Museum is a great day out for all the family and even better its free entry!
The National Coal Mining Museum
The National Coal Mining Museum in Overton gives the unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground in Englands last deep coal mine! If you’d rather stay above the ground, the museum gives great insight to the History of coal mining and the science involved behind it! Set on 45 acres of land, whatever the weather the National Coal Mining Museum will keep you busy all day long! With regularly changing exhibitions to explore, make sure you keep up to date on their website to ensure you don’t miss out!
Mental Health Museum
Looking for something more niche, the Mental Health Museum explores what mental health care was like throughout the 19th Century. The museum has an impressive collection of mental health-related artefacts and information, making for an interesting visit. Supported by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS foundation fund the museum is an asset to the Wakefield community, opening the conversation of mental health.
So whether you want to know more about your local area, contemporary art or medical history look no further than the museums of Wakefield.