Closed museums – missing data (by subject)

Can you help us with information about any of these museums?

We want to know what happened to the collections after closure, and what the building was subsequently used for, if anything.

If you have any information or tips, please email

This list is organised by subject. You can also view the same list grouped by regions and UK nations.

If a museum’s name is struck through then we have gathered information about it since first putting this list online.

Archaeology : Prehistory

Mesolithic Museum, nr Dorking RH5 6JD. Closed 2011-2017

Arts : Ceramics

Beswick Museum, Stoke on Trent ST3 2JP. Closed 2000

Arts : Fine and decorative arts

Morita Museum Of Fine Art, Edinburgh EH9 2AX. Closed 2013-2017

Arts : Music

Magnificent Music Machines, Liskeard PL14 4SH. Closed 2012

Mechanical Music Museum, nr. Cheltenham GL54 3ET. Closed 2019

The Harmonium Museum, Shipley BD18 3JS. Closed 2011

Arts : Other

Longdale Craft Centre And Museum, Nottingham NG15 9AH. Closed 2015

Belief and identity : Religious buildings

Priory Visitor Centre, Coventry CV1 5EX. Closed 2019

Buildings : Houses : Large houses

Danson House, London DA6 8HL. Closed 2016

Maxwelton House, Moniavie DG3 4DX. Closed 2000

Newhouse, Salisbury SP5 2NX. Closed 2019

Parc Glynllifon, Caernarfon LL54 5DY. Closed 2008-2012

The Hall at Abbey-cwm-Hir, nr Llandrindod Wells LD1 6PH. Closed 2020

Wythenshawe Hall, Manchester M23 0AB. Closed 2016

Buildings : Houses : Medium houses

Old Buittle Tower, Nr Castle Douglas DG7 1PA. Closed 2016

Buildings : Houses : Small houses

Llanrwst Almshouse Museum, Llanrwst LL26 0LE. Closed 2012

Mullaghbawn Folk Museum, Newry BT35 0AA. Closed 2003-2017

Communications : Other

Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, Helston TR12 6LQ. Closed 2010

Industry and manufacture : Mining and quarrying

Durham Miners Heritage Centre, Nevilles Cross DH1 4PJ. Closed 2012

Industry and manufacture : Potteries

Wetheriggs Pottery & Museum, Penrith CA10 2DG. Closed 2008

Industry and manufacture : Textiles

Museum at the Mill, Newtonabbey BT36 5QA. Closed 2020

The Old Sunday School, Macclesfield SK11 6UT. Closed 2018

Leisure and sport : Fairgrounds and amusements

Mechanical Memories Museum, Brighton BN2 1TD. Closed 2020-2021

Leisure and sport : Toys and models

Musselburgh Doll Museum, Musselburgh EH21 7DX. Closed 2011

The Precinct Toy Collection, Sandwich CT13 9ES. Closed 2004-2017

Vinas Dolls Gallery, Newark NG23 6JE. Closed 2015

Wish Tower Puppet Museum, Eastbourne BN21 4BY. Closed 2001

Local Histories

Abergynolwyn Village Museum, Abergynolwyn LL36 9YB. Closed 2007

Baysgarth House Museum, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 6AH. Closed 2021

Clarke Hall Educational Museum, Wakefield WF1 4AL. Closed 2012

Fernhill House: The People’s Museum, Belfast BT13 3PT. Closed 2008

Inverkeithing Museum, Inverkeithing KY11 1LS. Closed 2005

Newark Museum, Newark NG24 1JY. Closed 2004

Reigate Priory Museum, Reigate RH2 7RL. Closed 2013

Thorpe Prebend Heritage Centre, Ripon HG4 1QR. Closed 2009-2010

Urbis, Manchester M4 3BG. Closed 2010

Mixed : Bygones

Borreraig Park Museum, Dunvegan IV55 8ZX. Closed 2012-2017

Mixed : Other

Longstone Heritage Centre, Isle of Scilly TR21 0NW. Closed 2011

Natural world : Herbaria and gardening

National Museum Of Gardening, Crowntown TR13 0AB. Closed 2011

Natural world : Other

The Woodland Heritage Museum, nr Westbury BA13 4EH. Closed 2007-2017


Cat Museum, London HA3 5EE. Closed 2007-2015

Ringwood Town And Country Experience, Ringwood BH24 3PA. Closed 2013

Wild Life Museum, Appin PA38 4DF. Closed 2000

Personality : Literary

Chatterton House, Bristol BS1 6NL. Closed 2001

Soseki Museum, London SW4 0NG. Closed 2016

The Counting House Museum, Malton YO17 7HW. Closed 2017

Personality : Political

Heritage First!, Ulverston LA12 0HA. Closed 2016

Rural Industry : Farming

Haywain Farm Museum, Doncaster DN9 1JZ. Closed 2016-2018

Rural Industry : Rural life

Laundry & Mangle Museum, Coggeshall CO6 1NT. Closed 2001

Rural Industry : Textiles

Doon Valley Museum, Dalmellington KA6 7QY. Closed 2017

Rural Industry : Watermills

Haxted Watermill Museum, Haxted TN8 6PU. Closed 2012

Sea and seafaring : Boats and ships

Inveraray Maritime Museum, Inveraray PA32 8UY. Closed 2016

Lancashire Titanic Museum, nr. Chorley PR7 5PB. Closed 2018

Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum, Inverness IV3 8QH. Closed 2018

Services : Police

Keighley Police Museum, Keighley BD21 3SH. Closed 2015

Transport : Cars and motorbikes

Automobilia Transport Museum, Huddersfield HD1 6QA. Closed 2000

Bentley Motor Museum, nr Halland BN8 5AF. Closed 2018

London Motor Museum, Hayes UB3 4SB. Closed 2018

Yorkshire Motor Museum, Batley WF17 6HT. Closed 2010

Transport : Mixed

Welsh Transport Heritage Centre, Swansea SA4 4NY. Closed 2012

Transport : Other

The Working Carriage Museum, Matlock DE4 2ER. Closed 2017

Transport : Trains and railways

Griffithstown Railway Museum, Pontypool NP4 5JH. Closed 2011

Vale Of Glamorgan Railway, Barry Island CF62 5TH. Closed 2008

War and conflict : Event or site

Tin Shed Museum, Laugharne SA33 4QG. Closed 2018

War and conflict : Other

Blitz And Pieces, Great Yarmouth NR29 3NS. Closed 2016

The Museum Of Cipher Equipment, Cupar KY15 4NP. Closed 2004-2017

War and conflict : Regiment

50 and 61 Squadron Museum, Lincoln LN6 0JE. Closed 2017

Light Infantry Museum, Winchester SO23 8TS. Closed 2009

Museum of the Royal Irish Regiment, Ballymena BT43 7BH. Closed 2016-2018