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OT50: Fifty Years of the Orange Tree Theatre

15 December 2021 – 10 September 2022

From a room above the Orange Tree Public House to an award-winning independent theatre, discover the extraordinary history of the Orange Tree Theatre as it celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Hear from twenty inspirational people – writers, directors, actors, staff and more – with whom the Museum conducted oral history interviews, and listen to their stories from behind-the-scenes of London’s only permanent theatre in the round. A selection of objects on display in the exhibition tell the history of this critically-acclaimed theatre and its connection with Richmond’s rich theatrical past.


The King's Observatory: Richmond's Science Story

February to November 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!


Richmond Lockdown Quilt

December 2020 to December 2021

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.


Christmas Card Collection

December 2020

The Museum has over 40 different Christmas cards in our collection so we wanted to give you an opportunity to see them digitally.
Many are over 100 years old and have taken very different  forms than those we are used to today.


Queen's Road: 500 Years of History

1 February 2020 – 30 January 2021

Explore 500 years of history on a single road in Richmond. From farmland owned by Tudor courtiers to the site of modern social housing, Queen’s Road offers a glimpse into the ways society was changing in Richmond.



15 December 2021 – 10 September 2022

From a room above the pub to an award-winning independent theatre, discover the unique history of the Orange Tree Theatre as it celebrates it’s 50th anniversary

Click here to visit the online version of the exhibition and listen to extracts from the oral history recordings


Usual opening hours: Tuesday to Fridays, 11am to 5pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.

The Museum will be closed on Wednesday 29th March 2023 between 2pm to 5pm. 

FREE entry!

Please note: regular workshops for schools, families and adults are held in our temporary exhibition area, during which times it may be too busy to view the current exhibition. Please contact us in advance if you would like to know what activities are planned at the Museum for the day of your visit.