Museum of Croydon

The Museum of Croydon exists to collect, conserve and interpret Croydon's cultural heritage, so that everyone can take part in creative and enjoyable learning experiences.

The Museum of Croydon Gallery reveals the history of Croydon from 1800 to Now, through the objects and stories of local people. The Riesco Gallery displays over 200 items from Raymond Riesco’s personal collection of Chinese ceramics, alongside more than 60 objects from our Roman and Anglo-Saxon collections. The Exhibition Gallery was re-opened in 2013 to increase access and engagement with the Croydon Art Collection. It features changing exhibitions focusing on specific themes, styles or artists. In the Research Room you can find out more about the history of Croydon, including your family, street and local community.

You can also request to see items from our collections in store including the archive, oral history and art collections. You can also access over 6,500 individual items from 304 archive collections online. Whether you’re a school group wanting to get hands on with history, or a family looking for creative ideas for the weekends and holidays, you’ll find something to inspire and engage in our events programme.

Look out for…

  • Nellie Chapman Figure
  • Reedham Orphanage Mugs
  • Battle of Britain Lace Panel
  • Trojan Bubble Car

Did you know?…

  • The Museum of Croydon galleries were formerly the site of the Courts in Croydon.

Museum Facilities


Audio Guide

Wheelchair Access


Tour Guide




Venue Hire

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