We were in Doncaster for a themed afternoon tea at Cupcakes 2 Love. We were travelling to meet my Mum so we also wanted something else to do nearby. Danum Gallery, Library and Museum Review, formerly Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, was a perfect place to spend an hour beforehand. It was just a short walk away and it is located just on the outskirts of the main shopping and eating centre of the town.
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery Review
If you have an hour to spare it’s well worth a visit, especially as it’s free. There’s also a cafe if you fancy a drink or something to eat. The museum itself is situated in the historic Doncaster High School for girls. They have recently put a new glass front around the entrance to the school and this can be seen from within the cafe’s seating area.
The building is also home to a large library and there are plenty of toilets, including accessible toilets and a lift. On the very top floor, there is a small art gallery that we also had a wander around. It wasn’t especially interesting but it made a change to what we would normally do.
We started our visit downstairs in their Rail Heritage Centre. They have two locomotive engines that you can look at plus there are some memorabilia from the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection.
Off this room, there is the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum. This is a relatively small room with some displays. It was quite interesting and there are a few things to press. The most interesting thing was reading all the names of the ‘fallen’ from World War !.
The main museum is located on the floor above the cafe. It’s a really good museum with lots of interactive displays mostly aimed at kids. There were lots to touch, explore and look at. The highlight was their recreated shop, Gresley’s, where kids can pretend play with a counter, till and plastic food. We spent quite a while just playing.
They also have a recreated living room with an old-style phone and music playing. My son loved this and spent ages pretending to chat to someone while my Mum looked through an album with photos from days gone by.
Including a drink, in the cafe, we spent around 1hour 15 at the museum. The museum isn’t huge by any means but it is interesting and it’s a good learning space.
Doncaster Museum FAQ & Further Information
Address: Danum Gallery, Library and Museum, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BZ, South Yorkshire. Phone: 01302 734315
Category – Museum and gallery – Indoors – Suitable for all ages, although more suited to children of school age and older.
What are the ticket prices?
FREE – the museum is free to visit.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Museum with interactive displays, art gallery, library and other exhibitions. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
They are open almost all year round but they are closed on a Sunday.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is parking nearby, charges apply.
Are they dog friendly?
Only assistance dogs are permitted.