Northgate Museum Bridgnorth

The first stop for discovering the history of the town and the local area.

Founded in 1951 -
Northgate Museum

Welcome to the Bridgnorth Museum, where the past meets the present. Our story began in 1951, when a group of local people got together to preserve the town's rich history. Located above the Northgate, at the north end of Bridgnorth's High Street, where it has been a prominent fixture for over 70 years, the museum is entirely run and managed by a team of dedicated volunteers.

Over the years, the museum has amassed an impressive collection of over 5000 historical items from Bridgnorth and the surrounding area, making it a great place to discover some of the history of Bridgnorth and South Shropshire.
We are always looking to acquire interesting historical items to add to our collection, especially if they have a connection to Bridgnorth or the local area.
Please contact us, via the phone number or email address at the bottom of this page, if you have anything of local interest.

Reviews from our visitors

"Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers give a lovely welcome. Plenty of historical items on display. Worthy of support if you are in the area."

Lynn Mills

"Full of really interesting items from the Bridgnorth area and beyond. Well worth a visit. Its also free, the staff are friendly and the view out the window is always worth a look as it's a different perspective of the towns high street."

Mr Millington

“Lovely knowledgeable volunteers and very interesting tower clock in working order. Worth a visit.”

Cathy Davis

"An excellent local museum - small, but packed with interesting exhibits, including a rare wooden-framed 17th century turret clock. Friendly and knowledgeable staff"

Stephen M

"A small but beautifully arranged museum full of fascinating objects from Bridgnorth's past. It's free to enter and the guide, a volunteer from the Local History Society, was both knowledgeable and passionate about the place and the stories it could tell. Well worth a visit."

Oxford SHM

Learn about Bridgnorth’s history

Frequently asked questions

When is the museum open?

Northgate Museum is open from Easter until October every year. During this period, the museum is open on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, and on Bank Holidays, 12:00pm - 3.30pm. When the Museum is closed, we can always be contacted via the phone number or email address at the bottom of this page.

How do I make a donation to the museum?

Donating to the museum is a great way to help support our mission to preserve and showcase Bridgnorth's rich history. There are two ways to make a donation - either online by visiting the 'Support Us' page here, where you can make a secure online donation, or in person with cash, at the museum.

What can I find at the museum?

The museum's collection includes over 5000 artefacts, ranging from pictures and paintings to fascinating historical objects. Visitors can expect to see an Edwardian cash till, a model of Bridgnorth, a rare turret clock, and much more. Our collection reflects the unique history and heritage of Bridgnorth and the local area, offering a glimpse into the past and an opportunity to learn more about the town's rich cultural and historical significance.

How long does it take to walk around the museum?

Although Bridgnorth Museum is a small museum, we have a diverse collection of artefacts that we recommend spending at least an hour to explore fully. Our friendly volunteers are always on hand to answer any questions and help guide visitors.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

We regret that the museum is not wheelchair accessible. There are steep steps that lead to the museum's entrance, making it difficult for visitors with mobility issues.

Are there toilets at the museum?

We do not have our own toilets, but visitors can find public toilets located within easy walking distance of the museum, and our friendly staff can assist with directions to the nearest facilities.

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