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Wakefield Museum

   
Address : 159 Mulberry Way
Town/City : Wakefield
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : WF1 2UP
Phone : 01924 305376
Web Site :  www.wakefield.gov.uk/events-and-culture/museums/wakefield-museum

Wakefield Museum brings the history of the "Merrie City" – and the wider district – vividly to life. Situated on the ground floor of Wakefield One, the museum tracks the shifting fortunes of the region over more than 2,000 years.


The museum is broken up into several areas. Welcome To Wakefield features an eclectic mix of historically important artefacts (including the oldest post box in Britain!).
Explore the ever-changing story of Wakefield and its people in the Main Gallery. Where colliers rub shoulders with kings, and visitors can – quite literally – hear rhubarb growing, the displays paint an entertaining picture of life in Wakefield through the ages.
See impossible creatures and learn about conservation, Victorian style in the Wonderful World of Charles Waterton. Wakefield's nineteenth-century nature lover captured a caiman, which now resides (stuffed, of course) beneath a glass panel in the museum floor, waiting to be studied and stepped on by intrepid explorers.
The Front Room provides a recreation of a bygone age, with a charming Victorian kitchen, and a smart 1940s sitting room.
The spacious Special Exhibition Gallery houses a varied series of show-stopping exhibits inspired by the museum's collection of objects, and Wakefield's links to the wider world.
The museum presents a strong offer for families, featuring interactive exhibits and games, an extensive dressing-up collection, a child-size 1950s kitchen, and plenty of books and craft sheets to keep little ones entertained.

Exhibitions:
Gateway to Eternity – Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt (until 4 July 2020): Step inside a recreated ancient Egyptian tomb. Discover the rituals and beliefs around death and the afterlife, and reflect on the coffin and mummy of Perenbast, a temple-singer who lived over 2,500 years ago.
Be More Waterton (from August 2020): Disappearing bird species, freak weather and dangerous levels of air pollution. Sounds like the news today but they were discussed in the 1860s by Wakefield's Charles Waterton, a pioneering conservationist who tried to protect the environment. There are many ways that we can Be More Waterton and do the same.

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