One of the UK’s leading independent Museums, the River & Rowing Museum has over 116,000 visitors a year
The Museum opened in 1998 to celebrate the River, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley on Thames. From 2004 a fourth permanent gallery, the delightful Wind in the Willows exhibition, was added. The Museum runs a broad programme of special exhibitions and activities including lectures, children’s workshops and family events. The dedicated education centre runs innovative education programmes and the Museum accommodates 20,000 education visitors a year.
Situated alongside the river in Henley on Thames, the building, designed by the acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield, was designated Royal Fine Arts Commission Building of the Year in 1999. The oak, glass and steel design combines the influence of local boathouses and Oxfordshire barns with a strong modernist approach and was described by him as a ‘resolution between convention and invention’.
A registered charity, the Museum depends upon private donations, business sponsorship, grants from trust and foundations, admission charges and the support of our benefactors, donors and friends.