The King’s Observatory
Visit in person from 18 May 2021!
Discover the fascinating story of the King’s Observatory, a hub for scientific research in Richmond for over 200 years. Explore the legacy of this amazing building and learn about the impact it had on the science we use today, from astronomy to timekeeping to predicting the weather!
Due to unforeseen circumstances outside of the Museum’s control, some objects have been temporarily removed from the exhibition. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Extended version available online from 13 February 2021!
Curator’s Tours – Curator’s Choice!
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 – booking details to be confirmed closer to the time.
If restrictions have been removed, just head to the Museum’s reception at 2pm!
Curator’s Tours – The King’s Observatory
Join the Museum Team at 2pm each Wednesday and Saturday in October, and explore some of the stories behind objects related to the King’s Observatory both in the exhibition and in the Museum’s displays.
FREE – just head to the Museum’s reception at 2pm!
(These tours were previously planned for July 2021 but had to be delayed due to the delay in relaxing restrictions)
‘Lockdown Richmond’ Commemorative Quilt
From 15 December 2020
In March 2020, we experienced the first national lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19. In response to the complex challenges and emotions raised during this time, the residents of London Borough of Richmond upon Thames created squares for a unique memorial quilt, which will be on display at the Museum of Richmond from Tuesday 15 December.
Due to the Museum’s closure, we have created a virtual display of the quilt that you can access here.
Why not take a look (or listen!) at the online resources that the Museum of Richmond has to offer!
- Discover local places and objects from our collections with our audio tours
- Listen to a fascinating talk by Rose Barling on Betty Nuthall, Richmond’s tennis star!
- Experience a virtual version of our temporary exhibition ‘Queen’s Road: 500 Years of History‘
- Try a new craft by following along with our how-to videos on our YouTube channel
- Download our Family Activity packs with all sorts of fun things to try!
- Search our online catalogue and find your new favourite object!
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:
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.
We are delighted to announce that you can now visit the Museum without booking!
Whilst we are excited to welcome you, there are measures in place to ensure your visit is as safe as possible.