Visit the River & Rowing Museum
IMPORTANT NOTE: We’ve changed our booking policy for December – walk-up tickets are available on the door (no pre-booking available) for visits during opening hours Thurs to Mon 10am to 4pm. Please contact the Museum directly with any queries in advance of your visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas opening hours: The Museum, Café, Shop and Car Park will be closed 24 December 2021 – 2 January 2022 inclusive, reopening on Monday 3 January 2022.
CURRENT EXHIBITION: Skyscape: The limitless art of the sky
Until 16 January 2022
‘The sky is the source of light in nature – and governs everything.’ – John Constable
Showcasing 500 years of artists’ fascination with the sky, this exciting new exhibition for autumn invites you to escape into aerial landscapes just like the artists who painted them, using them as a means of emotional expression. Organised by The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, it features the masterpieces of some of history’s most celebrated artists including Rembrandt, Dürer, Turner, Palmer and Nash.
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TIMED ENTRY: To control the number of people in the Museum and ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience, we’re operating timed entry.
- Your general admission ticket enables you to enter the Museum at a fixed time, with access to all galleries.
- For pre-booked tickets, please arrive earlier than your allotted time slot if you wish to visit the Café before your timed entry to the galleries.
- Time slots are available throughout the day (From 10am, with last entry at 2.40pm). For pre-booking, please book a ticket for each member of your party (including children and under 4s) of up to a max of 6 people per household or support bubble.
- If you arrive after your arrival time slot, we will do our best to enable you to enter the Museum but cannot guarantee this.
- 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.
Wind in the Willows – important information
- When you arrive at the Museum Wind in the Willows time slots are given on a first come first served basis allowing you time to visit in your own household group or support bubble on a first come, first served basis (max of 6 people). The 20 minute slot you are booking for general admission is to enter the Museum as a whole not specifically the Wind in the Willows.
- 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 will be limiting household group or support bubble circuits of Wind in the Willows to one circuit per group. 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
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
- We’re continuing to ask all visitors to wear a face mask whilst visiting the Museum unless exempt
- Using the Track & Trace app to check in to our venue
- 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 (instagram.com/SouthOxfordshire).