River & Rowing Museum Galleries

We hope to reopen our upstairs galleries – including the International Rowing, River, Henley, Community and John Piper Galleries – in early September 2020. Meanwhile, for the safety of our visitors, our The Wind in the Willows gallery also remains closed. Sign up to our enews to find out more about when these galleries will re-open.


The River & Rowing Museum has 6 permanent galleries, full of fascinating exhibits and fun interactive displays.

Our permanent galleries are:

Packed with historic boats, Olympic medals and beautiful boats, the International Rowing Gallery tells the story of rowing from Ancient Greeks to modern Olympians and trans-Atlantic expeditions. In the Henley Gallery, you’ll discover many remarkable stories, an Iron Age hoard of gold coins and the beautiful steam launch Eve.  The River Gallery takes visitors on a journey through thousands of years of life along the majestic Thames.  The John Piper Gallery features work by the prolific British artist, including pieces from private collections and loans from galleries around the UK.  The Community Gallery offers local groups the opportunity to showcase their creative talents.

The Wind in the Willows gives visitors a chance to join Ratty, Toad, Mole and Badger as they picnic by the river in this beautiful walk through experience.

Our temporary gallery space on the ground floor hosts an exciting programme of temporary and visiting exhibitions, working with partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Ashmolean, the V&A and the Hayward Gallery in London.

  • To find out about current and upcoming temporary exhibitions visit the What’s On area of the website