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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.



Usual opening hours:

Tuesday to Fridays, 11am to 5pm
Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.


We are closed on Sundays and Mondays, including Bank Holidays

We will open at:
– 2pm pm on Friday 17 May
– 1pm on Saturday 18 May
– apologies for any inconvenience!

We will be closed:
– from 2pm on 23 May 2024, as we will be hosting a private event


Explore the Museum’s collection of over 5000 objects