Huddersfield in West Yorkshire is a town rich in history and culture. Visitors and residents will find plenty of museums in Huddersfield that allow visitors to explore and learn more about the history of the area.
From industrial heritage, to art and entertainment, if you’re planning a day out or looking for things to do in Huddersfield, a museum is a great option.
This is our list of the top museums in Huddersfield that you won’t want to miss.
- Tolson Museum
Located in Ravensknowle Park, the Tolson Museum is dedicated to the history of Huddersfield and the surrounding area. Visitors can learn about the industrial heritage of West Yorkshire and see a variety of artefacts and exhibits from prehistory to the Romans, to the current day. Being based in Ravensknowle park, this is a great place to visit if the weather turns or just to explore with kids. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and is always free entry.
- Huddersfield Art Gallery
Located in the town centre, the Huddersfield Art Gallery features works by local and international artists. The permanent collection includes paintings and sculptures, including some works by L.S Lowry and Francis Bacon, among many others. The Huddersfield Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and entry is free. A must visit for fans of modern and contemporary art.
- Lawrence Batley Theatre
Besides being a theatre hosting regular live events, the Lawrence Batley theatre is also home to regular exhibitions such as local photography or art. The focus is often on the performing arts, but changes regularly so it’s worth checking their website for up to date information. The art gallery is free to enter, and is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. If you want to check out a live performance be sure to check their website for up to date information.
- Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre
Located in the nearby town of Skelmanthorpe, the Textile Heritage Centre is a museum dedicated to the textile industry and its importance in local history. Visitors can learn about the process of textile production and see a variety of artefacts and exhibits. The heritage centre can be visited either as part of a group, on request, or they open on specific open days. It’s best to check their website for up to date information.
- John Smith’s Stadium
Home of Huddersfield Town Football Club and the Huddersfield Giants rugby league team, the John Smith’s Stadium has a fascinating museum and tour that shows the history of the club and the stadium. Visitors can learn about the club’s history, see artefacts, and even walk through the players’ tunnel. You will need to sign up for a tour to visit the museum within the stadium. Prices start from £3.50 for children and £5 for adults.
- Holmfirth Civic Hall
This historic building has been transformed into a community centre hosting regular events and exhibitions. From art exhibitions featuring local artists to talks and presentations and live music, Holmfirth Civic Hall is well worth making the trip if you’re looking for something to do in West Yorkshire.
- Broadbent Gallery
Located on Queen Street in Huddersfield, the Broadbent Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that showcases the work of emerging and established artists. The gallery’s exhibitions are curated to offer a diverse range of contemporary art and include works in painting, sculpture, print, photography and ceramics. Visitors can also find a range of art materials and gifts in the gallery’s shop. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and entry is free.
- Standedge Visitor Centre
Located in Marsden, near Huddersfield, the Standedge Visitor Centre is a unique attraction that offers visitors the chance to learn about the history and engineering of the Standedge Tunnel, the longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel in England. The visitor centre offers guided tours of the tunnel, as well as a museum and interactive exhibits. The tours take visitors on a journey through the history of the tunnel, from its construction in the late 1700s to the present day. Standedge visitor centre is open daily, please check the website for opening hours and prices. There are also some lovely canal side walks in the area making it great for a day out in West Yorkshire with family.
- Holocaust Centre North
This new museum in Huddersfield explores the impact of the holocaust from a local perspective. The permanent exhibition allows you to discover the experience of those who witnessed the holocaust first hand and made their homes in West Yorkshire. The Holocaust centre north is not suitable for very young children, but older children and teenagers may find the experience fascinating. The museum is open Monday to Thursday from 10am until 4pm, and Friday 10am until 1pm. Entry is free.
- Colne Valley Museum
Located in the village of Golcar, near Huddersfield, the Colne Valley Museum is a local history museum that tells the story of the Colne Valley and its people. Visitors can learn about the history of the local area and its industry, including textiles, mills and engineering, and see a variety of trinkets and items from the past. The museum also features interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and entry is free.
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Exploring museums in West Yorkshire
As we’ve seen there are plenty of great museums and art galleries in and around Huddersfield. So if you’re looking for an interesting day out, we think you’ll find these a great way to spend a fun few hours. Many of these museums also reward repeat visits, with updated exhibitions and more.
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