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Weston Park Museum in Sheffield – Family Friendly Museum Award Winner 2008

Weston Park is an award-winning, family-friendly museum where the visitors come first. If visiting with children, simply wind up and release, but there is plenty of treasure here for adults too. Discover the real story of Sheffield, from its geological roots to the people, politics and music that shaped the modern city.

Alongside old favourites such as Snowy the Polar Bear and Spike the Woolly Rhino, Weston Park plays host to a series of temporary exhibitions.

Find out more about what’s on show at Weston Park here

The family-friendly café at Weston Park is the perfect place to fuel up before hitting the galleries, or unwind with a well-deserved treat.


Weston Parkwon the Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award 2008. Four generations from one family – from the great-grandmother to her great-grandchildren – judged Weston Park and found it came out top for family-friendliness to all ages. Every generation found something for them.

‘Weston Park has shown it doesn’t just target teenagers or concentrate on finger painting for toddlers. It’s proved to be a truly crossover museum, appealing to both adults and children,’ said Dea Birkett, Director of Kids in Museums. ‘It’s the Harry Potter of the museum world.’

Read more about why Weston Park Museum in Sheffield was voted one of the most family friendly museums in Britain on Kids in Museums.

Plan your visit:

Weston Park is a historic building and as a result there is no dedicated car parking at the Museum, however University car parks nearby are available for public use on weekends only.

There are three disabled parking spaces directly adjacent the museum at the top of Mushroom Lane and a further three disabled parking spaces available toward the bottom of Mushroom Lane near the tennis courts (access to the museum from these is through the park).

Wheelchair access
Weston Park is fully wheelchair accessible. All exhibitions and displays are on the ground floor of the building and the upstairs activity rooms are easily accessible via the lift. Wheelchairs are available to borrow on request.

Toilets/baby change

The Museum has ground and upper floor toilets with disabled access and baby change facilities.

Bag/buggy storage
The Museum has lockers and space for buggies and prams to be left in the main foyer.

Museums Sheffield provides a welcoming and supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers.


Written by Janis P.

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