Discover the history of Richmond through the wide-ranging collection at this local museum.

Housed in Richmond’s stately Old Town Hall, the Museum of Richmond was founded by local residents and first opened by Queen Elizabeth II in October 1988. The permanent displays, temporary exhibitions, workshops and events here tell the story of the borough from the prehistoric era through to the town’s prominence as a Tudor residence in the medieval period.

The museum’s collection of over 5,000 objects spans themes including artists’ depiction of Richmond over the centuries, famous residents such as JMW Turner and Virginia Woolf, and local industries like the cold creams and hot water bottles produced nearby.

Regular free curator’s tours showcase the stories behind the museum’s team’s favourite artefacts, and give a unique insight into an area of London that was once home to Richmond Palace, the royal residence where Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603.


The Museum of Richmond

Free to all

Second Floor, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, London, TW9 1TP

020 8332 1141


Opening times

Tuesday-Friday: 11am-5pm

Saturday: 11am-4pm

We are delighted that the Museum of Richmond is open again for drop-in visitors following the ending of government COVID-19 restricitons on the 19th July 2021.

There is no need to book in advance, simply turn up on the day.

Whilst we are excited to welcome you, there are still measures to ensure that your visit is as safe as possible. Find out more here.

Booking is still required for our family workshops and summer schools. Please see below.

Exhibitions and events at The Museum of Richmond

Exhibitions nearby

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