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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

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.

Online Resources

Why not take a look (or listen!) at the online resources that the Museum of Richmond has to offer!

Many of our resources are available for free, however if you would like to make a donation to the Museum of Richmond you can do so by clicking below:





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.

Covid Memories Project

Please help us to record how the Covid-19 Pandemic has affected the lives of those who live in, work and visit the Borough of Richmond.

We are creating a digital collection of objects, images and memories that people have of what life has been like since the first Lockdown in March 2020, so that these memories, experiences and images are preserved for future generations.

Click here to complete the short online questionnaire and upload any images you would like to share.

Click here for the children’s activity sheet, which you can download and return to the Museum

Ghosts of Richmond Palace & Stained Glass Windows

Tuesday 27th October to Friday 30th October 11am to 11.45am

Discover the ghostly goings on in the remains of Richmond Palace and make your own Richmond Palace stained glass windows to help decorate your home this Halloween! Each workshop lasts for 45 minutes. Please note that adults and children over 11 will need to wear a face covering inside the museum and Old Town Hall building unless they are exempt.



Creative Mindfulness

Drawing workshop for adults Saturday 9th February 2019

10.30am to 12.30pm
£10 per person –  includes all materials and refreshments


Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and take some time to be mindful, observe and draw, with no pressure to create a master piece.

Join local artist Louise Anderson for this relaxing, artist-led drawing session. Working with Museum staff, you will be lead on a journey exploring different parts of the collection, allowing you to create some stillness and tranquillity through drawing and being creative, leaving the workshop with your own original pieces to treasure.