Days Out: Kelham Island Museum

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Explore the past at Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield which tells the story of the city’s industrial heritage through the years.

The museum is full of interactive galleries making it a fantastic place for little ones to learn about the growth of the Steel City – from light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production.

Visitors can discover what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution, the Victorian Era and two world wars – it really is a fascinating step back in time!

There are hands-on galleries and the chance to size up to the world’s biggest bomb for little ones – and they can also dress up as a buffer girl or grinder.

In the Melting Shop Children’s Play Area, children will love being melted like iron in our swirling ball pool before being poured, rolled, hammered and forged into an imaginary steel product, becoming anything from a fork to a submarine!

Of course, over Christmas the museum has an extra sparkle at its Victorian Christmas Market.

Taking place for the 25th year, the event boasts over 130 market stalls including Festive Food, Christmas Shop, End of Island Emporium and All That Glitters – it’s a fantastic place to find a unique gift and stocking fillers.

There’s a family fairground complete with ferris wheel, music hall stage, traditional crafts and skills and of course, Santa’s grotto.

Kelham Island Museum is one of 3 heritage sites in the city that make up the fantastic Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust (SIMT) alongside Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel.


Opening times: Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 11am to 4.45pm (Closed Friday and Saturday)

Admission: Adults £6, Accompanied children (under 16) free