A vivid and intriguing picture of the area and its people, from pre-history to present day, revealed through unique collections. From Roman finds to textiles, birds to transport, Tolson is a treasure house of the fascinating, the curious and the amazing.

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About Tolson Museum

If it's galleries that you are interested in then Tolson Museum holds plenty of heritage and collections for you to look at. You can learn about The Story of Tolson and visit Ravensknowle Park.

Galleries

World class collections presenting a vivid and intriguing picture of the local area and people. You will find amazing objects charting history from earliest settlers to the boom in the textile industry and modern day collections from local people. Including historic vehicles, objects from the Luddite rebellion and the famous Bird Room, a stunning exhibition now almost a century old.

Loss and Legacy

This film tells the poignant story of the Tolson brothers and the profound effect the First World War had on the family.

Top ten treasures

Discover Tolson's top ten amazing, curious and inspiring objects.

The Tolson story

Explore the history of Ravensknowle Hall and how it became Huddersfield's museum. You can also Read the fascinating story of how the museum developed into what we see today.

Ravenknowle Park

Popular park and valued green space, with children's playground, bowling green, and lovely areas for games, picnicking or enjoying outdoors.

Picture of Ravenknowles park

Opening times and access

From shopping, eating and drinking to school trips and group trips, the Tolson Museum has a lot on offer for its visitors. Find out the opening times and events they have on throughout the year.

Facilities

Shopping

Tolson shop reflects the museum collections, selling a beautiful gemstones selection together with natural history, transport and Victorian inspired ranges. There are also books and memorabilia. Unique local art and a wide range of traditional toys and pocket money souvenirs, as well as yummy traditional sweets, drinks and ice creams.

Eating and drinking

Hot and cold drinks, crisps, confectionery and ice creams can be purchased in Tolson shop and consumed in the Transport Gallery refreshments area or taken outside to enjoy in the park.

School visits

Tolson Museum was awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

Venue hire

Two delightful, newly-refurbished meeting and conference rooms are available for hire at Tolson Museum.

The Morning Room and The Study are both beautiful airy rooms with views through bay windows onto the park and gardens. Beautiful period features, decorative plasterwork ceilings and wooden floors give a glimpse of its elegant Edwardian lifestyle – a perfect setting for your meetings, conferences, product launches, AGMs, talks and team away days.

You can contact Tolson Museum for further information on hiring them out.

  • Tolson Museum
  • Phone 01484 223830
Group visits

Organised groups are very welcome although booking is essential. It is free admission during usual opening hours and charges are applicable outside of the usual hours. You can contact Tolson Musum to book.

Parking

Access to the museum is via the main drive. There is ample free parking in the main car park just off the drive.

Get involved

The Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle support both the museum and the park with organising events, fundraising, community consultation and other activities.

Contact Tolson Museum

  • Tolson Museum
  • Address Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, HD5 8DJ
  • Phone 01484 223240
  • Email