Museum of Richmond, Richmond-upon-Thames

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The Museum of Richmond in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is located in Richmond's Old Town Hall, close to Richmond Bridge. It was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 October 1988.
An independent museum and a registered charity, it is supported by Richmond upon Thames Borough Council. Hilda Clarke chairs the board of trustees; John Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford is deputy chair. Its curator (from January 2021) is Laura Irwin.
The museum's displays, from medieval times to the present day, relate to the history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham which, until local government boundary changes in 1965, formed the Municipal Borough of Richmond (Surrey). Its rotating exhibitions, education activities and resources, and a programme of events (including events for families and children) cover the whole of the modern borough. The museum's highlights include: 16th-century glass from Richmond Palace; a model of Richmond Palace; and a painting, The Terrace and View from Richmond Hill, Surrey by Dutch draughtsman and painter Leonard Knyff (1650–1722), which is part of the Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection.
The museum publishes a quarterly newsletter and organises a programme of talks. Admission to the museum, which is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, is free.
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  • Another post lockdown visit to a different museum.I love Richmond,so it was great to visit and learn about its history.I booked a time slot and had forty five minutes to look around.I was met by...  more »
  • The Museum of Richmond is housed on the second floor of what was once Richmond’s Town Hall. On the first floor is a reference library and toilets which were today out of order; on the ground floor...  more »
  • The chain mail was fun to try on ! Otherwise a bit hot and not much going on. I was expecting a big museum! Anyway we saw the displays and it was interesting
  • Nice local museum, some interesting information about the area. Unlike most sites and activities in the area .. No Crowd. lol
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