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The Museum of  Richmond regularly holds events linked to exhibitions, local history topics, guest speakers and fundraising events.

To find out more about upcoming events visit our What’s On Page

Curator’s Tours – Curator’s Choice!

August 2021

Join the Museum Team at 2pm each Wednesday and Saturday in August, and explore the stories behind their favourite objects. Each member of staff will be choosing their favourite objects, so each tour will be different!

The plan is as follows, but may be subject to change:
4 August – Genevieve
7 August – Laura
11 August – Genevieve
14 August – Vicky
18 August – Genevieve
21 August – Genevieve
25 August – Genevieve
28 August – Vicky

FREE  – just head to the Museum’s reception at 2pm!

Trumpeters’ House Garden Party

18 September 2021, 2pm to 5pm

Trumpeters’ House Garden Party

Trumpeters’ House, Old Palace Yard, Richmond, TW9 1PD

At this SOLD OUT event, we relaxed in the beautiful gardens of Trumpeters’ House, enjoying cake, tea and wine whilst being entertained by the Barnes Concert Band. 

Thank you very much to the owners of Trumpeters’ House for their support of the Museum and enabling us to run this fantastic event.

Hopefully we will return next year –  join our mailing list to be kept up to date

Foreshore Finds

Saturday 25 September 2021

Try your hand at archaeology! Discover foreshore finds from the Thames and learn about mudlarking and river archaeology with the friendly Museum team.

Sift through a sandpit and discover real foreshore finds! Led by our Museum expert, children and accompanying adults will have opportunity to handle intriguing museum objects found nearby in the river Thames and try out their archaeological skills. See related river-finds from the Museum’s own collection – including coins, a mace head; even a fossilised mammoth’s tooth – and learn about their fascinating history. A family-friendly activity suitable for all ages.

A free accompanying video ‘tour’ of foreshore finds and related objects will be available in September

Sessions run at 11am to 12noon, 1pm to 2pm and 3pm to 4pm

Click here to book your FREE tickets

Part of the Totally Thames Festival 2021



History of The King’s Observatory

Tuesday 30 March, 7pm

In this talk, visitors discovered the fascinating story of the King’s Observatory, a hub for scientific research in Richmond for over 200 years. In this online talk, the Museum Team will guide you through the new exhibition, the legacy of this amazing building and the impact it had on the science we use today, from astronomy to timekeeping to predicting the weather!


The Paint Detective – an evening with Patrick Baty

Tuesday 16 March 2021, 7pm

An expert on the paint and colours of the past four centuries, Patrick Baty works with homeowners, estates, museums, public bodies and institutions, to reinstate interiors of the past, or to create a scheme sympathetic with the aims of a space and its current and future use.

In this fascinating online talk, Patrick explained how he combines the skills of an historian, detective and analyst to uncover the stories of historic buildings, using a number of projects that he has completed in the Richmond area, including The King’s Observatory.


The Museum reopened for pre-booked visits on Thursday 3 December! You can check our availability and book a slot for your visit online:


Unfortunately, the lift in our building is currently out of order, so there is no step-free access to the Museum at the moment. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note that face coverings are mandatory in museums so we will require visitors over the age of 11 to wear a face covering during their visit. This will not apply to those with exemptions.

The only public toilet is open Monday-Friday and is accessed from outside the building so it may be easiest to access this at the start or end of your visit.

You can read our COVID-19 risk assessment for more information on the steps we are taking to make your visit as safe as possible. We also recommend you read our ‘What to Expect on Your Visit’ document, which outlines how your visit will run and some aspects that will be different from previous visits to the Museum.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Museum of Richmond.


15 October 2020

The BBC – in partnership with the Museums Association, National Museum Directors’ Council and Art Fund – is calling for museums across the UK to participate in an event called #MuseumPassion on 15 October, as part of a season highlighting the work of museums which will feature on TV, radio and online.

We are delighted to join in the BBC’s #MuseumPassion event today with a wonderful short film made by our fantastic Visitor Assistant, Genevieve. Watch as she tells the story of our Museum and shares some of her favourite objects. Click here to view

Mammoths, Mansions and Medals Audio Tour

September 2020

The Museum of Richmond is joining Totally Thames 2020 virtually this year!

Try out our audio tour exploring the objects from our collection that relate directly to the river; walk along the beautiful Richmond riverbank or listen from the comfort of home, and find out how our collection reveals the importance of the Thames to Richmond!

Click here to find our audio tour

If you listen to the tour, please consider completing the audience feedback survey for Totally Thames.

Betty Nuthall: Richmond’s Queen of the Court

Discover the story of Betty Nuthall, Richmond’s very own tennis star!

In this online talk, Rose Barling explores the fascinating story of Richmond’s ‘forgotten’ celebrity Betty Nuthall. From a family of Richmond hoteliers, Betty became famous for her skills on the tennis court and went on to become an international celebrity of the 1920s and 1930s.

A recording of the talk can be found here.

This talk is available for free, however if you would like to make a donation to the Museum of Richmond you can do so by clicking below:




Black History Month – Our Stories

October 2020

To commemorate Black History Month, Richmond Council is appealing for Black people who live, work or study in the borough to share their stories and experiences. The aim is for residents to come forward and help shape an exhibition which will include stories, experiences, photographs and videos. Stories will explore family histories, traditions, achievements, cultures, and experiences of racism. The exhibition will be shared online and in public spaces around the borough and will recognise the outstanding contribution that Black people have made shaping the borough and allow everyone to better understand the histories of fellow residents, colleagues and students.

You can see the first snippet of these stories online here.

If you would like to get involved, please visit the Council website here.

Please note that this is a Council run initiative, which the Museum of Richmond is helping to promote; the Museum does not own this content and is not co-ordinating the exhibition. For more details on the project, please contact Fenna Maynard on 020 8487 5182.