Visit the River & Rowing Museum

The River & Rowing Museum welcomes visitors of all ages to our award-winning building on the banks of the River Thames.

Explore our galleries and exhibitions, attend one of our events, take a look in our shop, or relax in the Café.

The Museum has four permanent galleries dedicated to Rowing, Rivers, the work of British Artist John Piper and the history of Henley on Thames. The Museum is also home to the magical Wind in the Willows exhibition which brings to life the much-loved story with 3D models, lighting and music.

With a constantly evolving calendar of temporary art and photography exhibitions and a year-round calendar of nature trails, craft workshops and family days, there is always something new to see and do.

A short walk from the centre of Henley on Thames, the Museum is also a short walk from Henley on Thames railway station and offers free parking for visitors.  The Museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Museum temporarily closed until further notice

The Museum is usually open daily from 10am – 5pm, but is temporarily closed until further notice.

Following careful consideration of the course of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a precautionary measure, the Director and Trustees decided to temporarily close the Museum to all visitors from 1700 on Monday 16th March until further notice. We are not aware of any imminent health risk to staff, volunteers or visitors.

Meanwhile, our creative work continues behind the scenes and we’ll be sharing stories, films and activities linked to our collections over the coming weeks so do follow us @River_Rowing for further updates, including if you need a welcome break from the news. Let us know what you’d like to hear more about too.

If you have further questions, click here to refer to our FAQs (May 2020)

During the Christmas period, the Museum is open daily as normal with the exception of the following dates when we are closed:

24, 25, 26 & 31 December and 1st January

*Image – Temple Island, Henley. Credit: Hedley Thorne (