Step into a world of mystery at Wakefield Museum to discover stories of people and their lives, some over a thousand years in the making, others only just beginning.
Discover the extraordinary, the oldest, the first, and the one and only in the Welcome to Wakefield display. See our local cultural treasures and learn surprising facts about the city. Explore the history of Wakefield in the Main Gallery and hear stories of wealth and power, hardship and hope, love and war, and passion and belief through the eyes of the people involved in shaping the city.
Explore the extraordinary world of Charles Waterton, pioneering Victorian eco-warrior, explorer and creator of the world’s first nature reserve. Meet some of the animals he preserved and some that he created. Are you brave enough to stand on top of the ferocious caiman crocodile that he so famously captured on one of his trips to South America?
Imagine life as a nineteenth century prisoner in Wakefield Jail, discover the area’s rugby heritage, hear the strange crackle that forced rhubarb makes when growing, learn the hardships of war throughout the ages and relive the stories of people who have worked, lived and played in the city.
Little visitors can cook up a storm in the 1950s kitchen, delve into the dressing up box and dress up as characters from the past, play with the Rhubarb Express train or follow one of the Digitrails around the fascinating exhibitions.
Wakefield Museum is located on the lower level of Wakefield One building in the heart of Wakefield. The Free City Bus stops just outside and Westgate Railway Station is only a two minute walk away.