Early Rotherham

The early Rotherham galleries show the development of Rotherham from its geological foundations to the English Civil War. The galleries focus on the Pre-historic, Roman and Medieval periods. Making use of a wide range of collections material, interactives and set dressing.

Varoius objects which from the Early Rotherham exhibition.


‘Ghost’ (2001) is a 3 x 2.5 metre scanachrome print on an aluminium lightbox, by Turner Prize-winning contemporary artist Mark Wallinger. Ghost is directly inspired by the famous painting ‘Whistlejacket’ by George Stubb, which was originally displayed at Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham and is now hanging in the National Gallery, London. The celebrated 18th century painting shows a famous racehorse owned by the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham. In ‘Ghost’, Wallinger adds a narwhal tusk to a negative image of ‘Whistlejacket’, transforming the horse into a unicorn.

Ghost is on loan from Museums Sheffield.

The work now takes pride of place in the entrance hall to the museum.

Artwork of a white unicorn standing on it's back legs

Rotherham Rocks

Explore the delights of the rocks and minerals found in Britain. From the rocks that lie beneath our feet in Rotherham, to the meanings of birthstones. Discover their story or just admire their beauty.

Close up of a selection of rocks

Ceramics Gallery

Come and see our world renowned Rockingham pottery, made locally in Swinton. Marvel at the workmanship that created the enormous ornate Rhino vase, incredibly made in one piece!

Rhinocerous vase

The Walker Kitchen

Relax in the Walker Kitchen and enjoy the short films.
This vibrant space will also be used for events and activities, keep an eye out for our up to date activity programme.

Walker Kitchen


The Library Gallery

The library gallery focuses on collecting from the past. See the weird and wonderful acquired by Rotherham collectors in the past, from our two bodied kitten to mummified Egyptian animals.

A display with two field mice

The Lion's Den

The Lion’s Den focuses on our most beloved exhibit, Nelson the Lion. He has been given his own gallery, with the focus on families and young children.

Crawl through our baobab tree, or listen to Nelson roar. This is one of our most popular exhibits

Lions den

Temporary Exhibitions

Into the realms of possibility - Monday 21 February to Sunday 29 May

Creating the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture

In 2025 Rotherham will become the world's first Children's Capital of Culture, in a celebration of our town's people, creativity, and communities. We will host a year-long festival in 2025, created by children and young people and made for everybody: 365 days of dance and drama, music and murals, films and food, and much, much more!

Our journey to 2025 starts now. Into The Realm Of Possibility tells the story of how Rotherham is creating the world's first Children's Capital of Culture, explores stories of youth and childhood from across the generations through objects from the museum collection, and asks you to share your own dreams for the town's future. From February to May 2022, Into The Realm Of Possibility will act as the home for Children's Capital of Culture, with an eclectic and engaging programme of tutorials, talks, and workshops.

Into The Realm Of Possibility has been co-curated by our Young Producers: 16-to-25 year olds from Rotherham who are working to create the Children's Capital of Culture. The Young Producers have collaborated closely with two artists, Bluebeany and Kate Sully, to create a bold and colourful experience which bring to life objects from youth and childhood. The exhibition also showcases work from our Young Artists In Residence, who have been filming and photographing the behind-the-scenes development of the Children's Capital of Culture.

CP Studio: Cabinets Of Curiosity - Tuesday 22 March To Sunday 15 May

Six Rotherham-based artists: Kevan Cadman, Neath Champion-Shorr (she/her), Ken Horne, Tair Rafiq, Uzma Rani and Teresa Sayner have been working with Sheffield-based artist Paul Evans to develop a creative, collective response to the Clifton Park Museum collection. ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’ draws out unexpected connections between natural and man-made objects and examines how ideas of ‘heritage’ might interweave with environmental concerns and contemporary responses to nature.

Invited through ROAR (Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance), each artist has been given a micro-commission and attended a number of 'idea-jams' at Clifton Park Museum and Archives. The artists have developed an eclectic and imaginative range of responses including choreography, filmmaking, book making, painting, sculpture and writing. We invite the viewer to exercise their curiosity and make their own creative connections between the objects in the exhibition and those on display elsewhere in the museum.

World Cultures - Multi Sensory Experience – Sunday 22 May To Sunday 17 July

Inside the Test Space, four artefacts from the World Cultures collection have been explored by ArtWorks artists through the senses of sight, touch, smell, and hearing. The aim of this work is to reinterpret the museum experience by creating a multi-sensory way of interacting with museum artefacts. The audience is invited to join the exploration by engaging with the objects in the room and producing a record of their own experiences.

ArtWorks is an organisation which supports over 80 artists with learning disabilities, autism or both across Sheffield and Rotherham. ArtWorks provides daily creative workshops and support for their artists in accessing exhibitions, competitions, residencies, and other opportunities from the art world. The aim of ArtWorks is to challenge people’s perceptions of learning disabilities and autism through celebrating the creativity and ambition of the ArtWorks artists.

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