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During December our usual display rooms are being used instead for an exhibition celebrating some of our best loved children’s stories – Once Upon a Time.

Admission is £3 (all ages) or £10 for a family ticket (up to four people).

The site is wheelchair-accessible with designated car parking for disabled visitors and a fully accessible toilet which includes a baby-changing table.

Located in the historic town of Barton-upon-Humber, close to the Humber Bridge, the museum makes a great place to start your exploration of the town and South Humber Bank.





Christmas Cheer

There’s Christmas  cake, mince pies and hot soup – and lots more, in the cosy, warm setting of the Old School Canteen to brighten up your day!

The coffee shop is open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm until Sunday 22nd December.

Christmas Opening

The Once Upon a Time exhibition and Old School Canteen are open on Thursdays – Sundays until 22 December.

Once Upon a Time is open between 11am and 3pm.

The coffee shop is open all year between 10am and 4pm.

After Christmas, The Old School Canteen re-opens on Thursday 2 January.

Admission to Once Upon a Time is £3 (all ages) or £10 (family ticket for four).  Our historic schoolroom displays are suspended during this period.


The Museum will be open on Saturdays & Sundays only during January and February – between 10am and 4pm, starting on the 4 January.  The Old School Canteen coffee shop opening hours remain unchanged: Thursdays – Sundays 10am – 4pm throughout the year.

Our News page will be updated with more information about these changes.

Our Events page will be updated with details of special weekend events in the New Year.

Once Upon a Time

Celebrating some of our best loved traditional children’s stories with displays, storytelling and family activities.

Admission (all ages) £3

Family ticket for up to four £10

Our normal displays are closed during this period.

Christmas Concert

Get in the festive mood with the Barton Community Band for an afternoon of seasonal music.


Please note, until we have the funding to upgrade this former Victorian Chapel, access to the auditorium is by stairs only although a stair lift is avaialble.

Museum Exhibits

Museum Exhibits

From interactive exhibitions to an original Victorian classroom. Here is a taster of some of the interesting exhibits you can find during your visit.

Wilderspin Exhibits
Schools Programme

Schools Programme

Our Schools Programme has been developed to provide children with an exciting way of engaging with the history of Victorian school life.

Schools Programme
History of the School

History of the School

Learn about Samuel Wilderspin and the Wilderspin National Schools and how his innovations gradually transformed schooling for children of all ages.

Wilderspin History
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