Northgate Museum

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Attraction Category: Heritage and Museums

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    Town Museum housed in the historic Burgess’s Hall above Northgate containing a range of interesting artefacts reflecting the history of Bridgnorth and its people.

    The Museum

    Visit the Northgate Museum in Bridgnorth. Packed full of treasures, the museum should be the first stop for anyone wanting to discover the history of the town and local area. From an Edwardian till, to a model of Trevithick’s Steam Engine, the museum’s collection will interest the whole family, both young and old..

    The museum is open from April to October every year:

    Saturday 1.30pm – 4pm
    Sunday 11.00am – 4pm
    Bank Holidays 11.00am – 4pm

    During the School Holidays, the museum is open every day:

    11.00am – 4pm, except Saturday 1.30pm – 4pm

    Entry to the museum is FREE, but donations are welcomed. The museum is run and managed by volunteers from the Bridgnorth and District Historical Society, which founded the museum in 1951.

    Visits by groups of 12 or more including schools are welcome at other times by appointment. Please contact the Museum Manager.

    The Building

    The museum is housed in the historic former Burgesses Hall, situated in the building which spans the roadway and forms the arch of the Northgate. Although rebuilt during Victorian times, it is the last gatehouse of five original gatehouses still to survive.

    The Collection

    Bridgnorth’s Northgate Museum has nearly 4,000 objects in its collection. The earliest object on display at the museum dates back to the Bronze Age. Other objects on display include:

    • Coat of Arms
    • Edwardian Till
    • Insurance Firemarks
    • Working l7th Century Turret Clock
    • Coracle
    • Cottage Type Hand Loom
    • Victorian Pram
    • Cameras
    • Local Pictures and Prints
    • And many other Local Artefacts

    Museum’s Website

    Planning a visit

    Finding the museum in Bridgnorth is straightforward. The Museum is at the North end of the town’s High Street. If you stand with the Town Hall (the half timbered building in the middle of the street) behind you, you will see a large sandstone building which straggles the road. This is Bridgnorth’s Northgate and home of the museum.

    Access to the museum is via steep stone steps, which may not be suitable for people with mobility problems or young children. Toilet facilities are not available, although the volunteers on duty will be able to direct you to nearby conveniences.

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