Pontefract Museum

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Wakefield Council

Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA – Visit Now

Step inside a beautiful Art Nouveau building to discover a world where liquorice and voting collide. Explore the captivating stories of Pontefract, its people, and the history of its once mighty castle. Find lots of fun for families with regular craft activities, colourful costumes to try on and a vibrant play market.

Other highlights at the museum include The Ackworth Hoard (made up of 52 gold coins, 539 silver coins and a gold ring, all dating from the Civil War), Bagley’s Glass Room (exploring the history of glass-making in the area from Roman times to the present day, with many items from the museum’s large collection of Bagley’s Glass on display) and The Pontefract Gallery (telling the story of Pontefract and its people, revealing the area’s outstanding history and bringing to life an exciting and often surprising past) which boasts the world’s first secret ballot box and a unique display of objects related to liquorice.

  • 5 Salter Row
  • Pontefract
  • WF8 1BA
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Sat: 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

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