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River & Rowing Museum

River & Rowing Museum

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Type: Museum

Inspiring, entertaining and interactive...we're so much more than a Museum! The Museum has been recognised as one of the top 50 Museums in the world by The Times.

Our contemporary, award winning building is situated on the banks of the River Thames, a short walk from the centre of Henley on Thames and the railway station. Explore our galleries and exhibitions, attend one of our events, take a look in our shop, or relax in the Quince Tree Café which offers a delicious selection of handmade patisserie, savoury treats, along with daily specials to enjoy.

The River & Rowing Museum has four galleries dedicated to Rowing, Rivers, John Piper and the history of Henley on Thames.  The Museum is also home to the magical Wind in the Willows exhibition which brings to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music. We're committed to creating a fun, hands-on environment where kids can enjoy themselves and learn a little along the way.

With a constantly evolving calendar of temporary art and photography exhibitions and a year-round calendar of nature trails, craft workshops and family days, there is always something new to see and do.  Our shop has brilliant books, toys, jewellery and games for all budgets. Our admission tickets give FREE entry for a year - so pay once and come back as many times as you like!

Spring at the Museum!

This Spring we are excited to offer our visitors the chance to enjoy the wonderfully nostalgic world of Clangers, Bagpuss & Co, brought to Henley from the V&A Museum of Childhood. Meet Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog and of course the Clangers, in this unique exhibition.

Our brand new John Piper gallery offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy the work of this prolific British artist’s work, including unseen work from private collections around the country.

We have a packed calendar of family events, including an interstellar Space day, Easter Egg Hunt and Victorious Vikings, as well as all of our usual family friendly gallery activities.


As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and The Clangers, the exhibition will go behind the scenes of some of their other creations including Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine.

Visitors will be able to see try their hand at animating the characters using current technology and learn to speak Clanger!

Family First

Children go free on 4 & 5 February 2017!

John Piper

Family First

Children go free on 17 & 18 December!

Adult Events

Booking for workshops & lectures is essential – call 01491 415600.

  • John Piper and the making of his vision - Friday 27 January 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Anne Damer: Sculpting Society - Wednesday 8 March 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Art & Design in the Chilterns - Tuesday 4 April 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • A Sense of Place - Fri 2 June 10am – 3.30pm
  • RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch - Sat 28 Jan 10.30am – 3.30pm

Family Events

  • Chinese New Year - Sat 28 Jan 11am – 3pm

Join us to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, making puppets, a zodiac calendar, lanterns and lucky charms. Free with admission

  • Moon Mischief - Tuesday 14 Feb 10.30am – 12.30pm

Join the Clanger Choir and make Clangers using model magic! 4-7yrs £8.50

  • Feathered Friends Wednesday 15 Feb 10.30am – 12.30pm

Discover how birds and animals become friends and make colourful craft. 4 – 7yrs £8.50

  • Space! - Thurs 16 Feb 10.30am – 4pm

Climb aboard your rocket and explore the cosmos as we travel with the Clangers to the moon and beyond! Enjoy an intergalactic Space show, interstellar craft activities and dress like an astronaut – or a Clanger – to enjoy free entry! Free with admission.

  • Windows on Wonder Friday 17 Feb 10.30 – 12.30

Using mixed media, create a special art work inspired by John Piper’s stained glass to hang in the window. You will be using drawing, printing and collage skills and working with lots of colour.

7-11yrs £8.50

  • Farmyard Frolics! - Wednesday 12 April 10.30am – 4pm

Meet the gorgeous animals from Mill Cottage Farm Experience including goats, rabbits and chicks and get crafty in the Museum. Free with admission 

  • Legendary Longboats Monday 10 April 10.30 – 12.30

Journey on a quest with Norseman Noggin the Nog and build your own Viking longboat! 7 – 11yrs £8.50

  • A Bottle for Bagpuss - Tuesday 11 April 10.30 – 12.30

Hear the story about Bagpuss and a ship in a bottle.Make a ship in a bottle and a Bagpuss mascot to wear. 4 – 7yrs £8.50

  • Easter Egg Hunt! Daily, 3 - 21 April
  • Volcano: Loads of Lava - Tues 30 May 10.30am – 12.30pm

Danger – eruption!Make a speedy papier mache volcano and see Roman artefacts in the Museum. 4 - 7yrs £8.50

  • Adventures with the Ice Dragon - Weds 31 May 10.30am – 12.30pm

Adventure to find the Ice Dragon, careful not to get frozen by his icy breath! 7 – 11yrs £8.50

  • Romantic Ruins - Weds 31 May 2 – 4pm

Develop your screen printing skills to create a mixed media artwork inspired by John Piper’s ruined castles. You will combine drawing, printing and collage to make exciting and expressive works. 11 – 15yrs £8.50

  • Taylor Tugs Under 5s Club - Wednesdays, term time 10-11.30am pre booked, call 01491 415605 for details 3-4pm drop in - £3 per child

Enjoy fun, interactive structured sessions for you and your little one, with craft, stories & songs. Themes and activities change weekly.Age 18 months – 5 yrs

  • RRM Youth Squad

New members needed!Have fun, make friends and gain skills. Find out more: or 01491 415605.

  • Victorious Vikings! - Thursday 1 June 10.30 – 4

Dress up as a Viking and journey to the land of the Norsemen! Live like a Viking for the day, and create your own legendary story. Free with admission

 Coming soon…

Peter Rabbit:  Hop, Skip, Jump!


Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£11.00 per ticket
Child 4 & over£9.00 per ticket
Concession£10.00 per ticket
Free admission for carersFree
Under 4sFree

1 ticket - 365 days museum entrance, 8 family days, 6 visiting exhibitions
Family groups – 10% discount

Adult: £9.50
Concessions: £7.50 (over 65s, under 18 or those in full-time education)
Organiser & Driver: Free of Charge

Group With Hobbs of Henley Boat Trip:
Adult: £19.00
Concession: £17.00 (over 65s, under 18 or those in full-time education)
Organiser & Driver: £9.50
Boat trips are provided on-board the Consuta for a minimum of 30 guests and a maximum of 46.

Opening Times

Takes place (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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