Visit the River & Rowing Museum

Opening Hours

Thursday to Monday 10am to 4pm.

May/June Half-Term (week of 30th May) : We’ll be open EVERY DAY (including Tuesday and Wednesday).

We’re no longer operating a booking system. Walk-up tickets are available on the door (no pre-booking available) for visits during opening hours Thursday to Monday 10am to 4pm. Please contact the Museum directly with any queries in advance of your visit

General Admission includes entry to Wind in the Willows,  John Piper: Painting in Coloured Light display, and all galleries. Cafe and Shop also open 10am to 4pm Thursday to Monday.

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Visiting Safely

To control the number of people in the Museum and ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience, where necessary we may need to stagger entry.

  • Your general admission ticket enables you to access all galleries.
  • The Upstairs Galleries (International Rowing Gallery, John Piper, River, Community and Henley Galleries) ALL close at 3.30pm for cleaning purposes. The Museum’s Ground Floor (including Wind in the Willows) closes at 4pm.
  • Entry to a number of our galleries including Wind in the Willows and John Piper Gallery is limited to ensure safe social distancing.
  • Car park charges apply.

Entry to Wind in the Willows 

  • When you arrive at the Museum, entry to Wind in the Willows may be staggered on a first come first served basis allowing you time to visit in your own family group
  • With Wind in the Willows being such a popular part of the Museum visit for many and to protect the safety of all our visitors which remains our highest priority, we may need to limit circuits of Wind in the Willows. Visitors are therefore invited to enjoy the exhibition as much as possible as they move through the space. Audio Guides for the exhibition will be available at the discretion of the front desk team depending on demand for the exhibition. Last entry to Wind in the Willows 3.30pm.

Download a Gallery Trail to your phone to help you explore:


Time Travellers Invention Trail


Tiny Toad’s Animal Antics


Tiny Toad’s Treasure Hunt


Or print these Artist Adventure trails to complete on your visit.  Bring your own pencil or buy one from the Museum shop.


Artist Adventure Imagination Creations


Artist Adventure Super Skills


Safety First

Please be assured that visitor safety remains the Museum’s highest priority.

We will continue to:

  • Limit the number of visitors in the Museum so that there is plenty of space for all
  • Provide hand sanitiser stations for everyone to use
  • Give you a warm welcome at a safe distance

Help us by:

  • Maintaining a social distance by keeping a safe distance from anyone outside your household
  • Wear a face mask whilst visiting the Museum unless exempt
  • Staying at home if you or anyone you’ve been in contact with have been feeling unwell
  • Supporting our staff and following their guidance during your visit

Track and Trace 

In order to help reduce the risk of a local outbreak of coronavirus therefore protecting the health of our staff, volunteers and all visitors, we continue to strongly encourage visitors to use the NHS Track and Trace app.

NHS Test and Trace will handle all data according to the highest ethical and security standards and it will be used only for NHS care, management, evaluation and research.


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

A short walk from the centre of Henley on Thames, the Museum is also a short walk from Henley on Thames railway station with car parking (charges apply) for Museum, Cafe and Shop visitors only.  The Museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Museum car park closes at 5pm daily.

As a charity with no ongoing government funding, the River & Rowing Museum relies on income from visitors and supporters like you. With its income drastically reduced whilst closed during lockdown and in order to secure the Museum’s long-term future, parking charges were introduced in August 2020 for the first time in the Museum’s 21 year history. Thank you for your support.


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