Your Visit

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of Barnsley. Visitors will uncover the incredible story of Barnsley told through centuries-old artefacts, documents, films and recordings that have been donated by people living and working in the borough.

Unique, hands-on and interactive exhibits encourage visitors to explore the people and places of Barnsley, ultimately leading them to discover a town with amazing stories and a rich and diverse heritage.

Experience Barnsley is a fun, exciting and interesting day out for all the family.

Admission to the Museum and Discovery Centre is free.

Experience Barnsley Museum

With over 90% of its artefacts contributed by people living and working in the borough, Experience Barnsley is a museum that has been created by the people, for the people.

Archives and Discovery Centre

Interested in finding out more about your family tree, history of your house, or are you researching a school project? With shelves full of fascinating books, intriguing documents, photographs, maps and films visitors are encouraged to browse and discover their own history and that of their area.

Learning lab

With a walk in cinema and regular activities for all ages there’s plenty to get involved with. Special activities take place during the school holidays, and regular clubs and activities take place each week.

Changing Exhibition Gallery

The Changing Exhibition Gallery will host a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, from artistic interpretations of the collections, to archaeology exhibitions there will be something to interest everyone.  

Civic Displays and Council Chamber

The Town Hall dates back to 1933 and its beautiful clocktower is a much-loved symbol of the town. Visitors are encouraged to explore the building, and the Council Chamber.

Venue Hire

A unique setting for events, Experience Barnsley has a range of spaces for hire including the Learning Lab and galleries. With flexible catering options and a full bar service available, Experience Barnsley could be the perfect setting for your event.

 

Join our Flickr Group!

Are you a keen photographer? We want to show people how great Barnsley is and to do that we need your help. We’re looking for photos that show Barnsley (the town and the surrounding area) off to its best. If you have taken any stunning photos of the town, the amazing places and the beautiful landscape as well as pictures of people enjoying these spaces please share them with us!

This is an opportunity to share photos of Barnsley, the town, the people and the places. We want to celebrate the area; the buildings, the landscapes and sunsets, the gardens and parks and any special events that have taken place.

Join our Flickr group here.