Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

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Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery brings the heritage of the area to life with displays of inspirational historical and cultural objects, and a café for refreshments. Whether you are a family, community group, individual or school, we are sure you will find something to enjoy.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • Museums are a great place to take some time for yourself in a calm environment
  • Visiting museums encourages positivity, hopefulness, and optimism
  • There are opportunities to discover a new skill, discover your creativity, and have positive social experiences

See what’s inside the Peterborough Museum:

What to expect

Located in one of the city’s most historic buildings, Peterborough Museum has a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthral all the family. There are some amazing objects and interactive displays for all ages. The collections comprise over 200,000 items of great national and international importance, and you can find out about the story of Peterborough from prehistory to the present. See which creatures swam in the seas over 150 million years ago, discover the Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon treasures of the city, learn the story of the first prisoner of war camp in the UK, right up to the changes seen over the 20th century in Peterborough.

More information

The museum has wheelchair access to most galleries (the Victorian Operating theatre is only accessible via a staircase as it is located between two floors). There are disabled toilets on the ground floor and first floor.

There is one disabled parking space at the museum, which can be booked prior to your visit by ringing the main desk. For the nearest car parking options, please see parking at Queensgate Shopping Centre or local PCC car parks; be advised that the Trinity Street Car Park is for permit holders only between 8am to 6pm, Mon – Fri.

Please visit their visual story if you need more information before you visit.

Volunteer for the museum!

The Museum is always on the lookout for people to join their team of volunteers. They have different roles available, but if you are enthusiastic, friendly, and want to try something new, there is something for everyone.

Volunteering can be a great chance to expand your skills and knowledge and help give visitors an unforgettable experience at the sites, or pursue new interests, meet new people or give back to the community.

Opportunities include:

Heritage Helping Hands volunteers

This team meets on a Monday (when the museum is closed) to carry out maintenance and DIY work at the museum. They are looking for people with skills in this area, and those who want to get out and meet like-minded people within the local community.

Special Exhibition volunteers

As well as manning the gallery and looking after the objects, volunteers spread the word about the exhibitions and why people should visit.

Front of House volunteers

Enthusiastic and confident volunteers help welcome visitors to Peterborough Museum. You will be involved in reception of visitors, you might be manning the desk and till, answering the phone, promoting activities and events, helping in the café during busy periods, welcoming new volunteers and showing them around, or helping keep the displays and shop attractive and clean or helping replenish stock in the shop and helping with room set ups.

Cafe Volunteers

You will assist with a variety of tasks such as serving customers, housekeeping, stock replenishment and much more!

Heritage Events Volunteers

The Heritage Events Team run an active programme throughout the year. The events programme is particularly busy during school holidays, but they also run special one-off events during the year.

They are looking for friendly people to help with craft activities to create a fun and engaging experience for visitors:

  • Greeting and welcoming visitors, possibly collecting tickets or giving out trails.
  • Giving out information or directing customers to the event in a friendly and engaging way.
  • Assist visitors during craft activities, making sure they have the correct instructions/materials.
  • Assist the staff with the set up and take down of activities.

If you would like to get involved with the Museum contact them to find out about the opportunities they have.

Admission to the Museum is free.

Some events and exhibitions may be subject to a charge.

How to contact

Where to go

Peterborough Museum

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