Museums in Sheffield

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Sheffield has more than its fair share of weird and wonderful museums housed within its seven hills. Whether you’re looking to explore the city’s unique industrial heritage, get your hands on some of the equipment and vehicles used by the emergency services, or find more out about the people, politics and music that shaped recent times – Sheffield’s museums make for a lively and informative day out.

With a rich manufacturing history, Sheffield played a major part in the Industrial Revolution of the 1900s. Head to Kelham Island Museum to find out more about Sheffield’s heavy industry, inventions and craftsmanship – all of which have influenced this incredible northern city.

Meanwhile, Weston Park Museum provides an insight into the social history of Sheffield – the communities and politics responsible for the city’s transformation through the ages. Visitors will also enjoy relaxing in the lush landscaped gardens of surrounding Weston Park.

For natural history, The Alfred Denny Museum offers visitors a curious and wonder-inspiring menagerie of animal specimens from all corners of the world. Additionally, with a lively programme of activities for children, families will enjoy a trip to the characterful Bishops’ House.

Check out our favourite museums in Sheffield below, along with our top pick of the Steel City’s best art galleries and grazing spots.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Weston Park Museum

    Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

    Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP - Visit now

    An award-winning, family-friendly museum which provides a unique insight into ‘the real story of’ Sheffield – from its geological roots to the people, politics and music that shaped the modern city.

  • 2. The Alfred Denny Museum, Sheffield

    The Alfred Denny Museum, courtesy of the University of Sheffield. Museums in Sheffield

    The Alfred Denny Museum, Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN - Visit now

    You’ll find everything from a rare Japanese giant salamander to an impressive collection of decorative caterpillars at The Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology in Sheffield.

  • 3. Bishops’ House, Sheffield

    Bishops’ House, Sheffield
    Photo by Graham Hogg

    Bishops’ House, Sheffield, Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield, S8 9BE - Visit now

    Full of original Tudor and Jacobean character, Bishops’ House in Sheffield offers a unique window into domestic life in 16th and 17th century England.

  • 4. National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

    National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield
    Courtesy of National Emergency Services Museum

    National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield, West Bar Roundabout, Sheffield, S3 8PT - Visit now

    Housed in a former Victorian police and fire station, the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield is a loving testament to one of the most essential sectors – but it also has a darker side…

  • 5. Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

    Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

    Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield, Alma Street, Sheffield, S8 3RY - Visit now

    Located on a man-made island over 900 year’s old, Kelham Island Museum captures the Steel City’s industrial heritage through a collection of objects, pictures and archive material.