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Northampton Borough Council’s museum service cares for the largest collection of objects charting the history of shoes in the world. The collection is designated as being of national and international significance and consists of 12,000 shoes and 50,000 archival records including documentary footage and fine art.

Browse images of the shoe collection on our Flickr stream.

The ground floor of Northampton Museum is dedicated to the display of footwear from ancient Egyptian times through to the present. The Shoe Lounge showcases current designers and manufacturers and provides a relaxing space to drink coffee. It is also available to hire.

Important notice

Due to a major digitisation project and work on the museum stores, we will unfortunately be unable to respond to any enquiries or research requests between the following dates:

  • All shoe collection enquiries, research and identification requests will be suspended until the end of January 2016.
  • All non-shoe related collection enquiries, research and identification requests will also be suspended until the end of January 2016.
  • We are still continuing to accept WWI enquiries as part of our Conflict and Communities Project: /conflictandcommunity

We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause. This temporary suspension is necessary to support work on our exciting new museum development.This link goes to an external site

We will continue to accept donations to the collections and all exhibitions and education enquiries continue as normal.

Opening times

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Tuesday - Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays         10am - 5pm 
Sundays                                                                      12pm - 5pm
Mondays                                                                      Closed

Abington Park Museum

April - October
Thursday - Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays           1pm - 5pm
November - March
Saturday and Sunday                                                  12pm - 4pm 

Northampton Museum

Discover more about the arts, local history and the nationally recognised shoe collection through the permanent galleries and changing exhibitions.

Free admission

How to find us (view map)

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery,
Guildhall Road,

Telephone: 01604 838 111
Fax: 01604 838 720


  • Fully accessible - lift to all floors 
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Assistance dogs welcome

Abington Museum

Learn about the history of the Northamptonshire Regiment & Yeomanry and about how we used to live. Discover historic and contemporary leather design.

Free admission

How to find us (view map)

Abington Park Museum
Park Avenue South

Telephone: 01604 838110
Fax: 01604 838720


Free off-road parking available. Nearest location is Christchurch Road.  


  • Ground floor fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Assistance dogs welcome


No on site cafe; however, there is a cafe in the park. Wellingborough Road is nearby, which hosts various cafes and restaurants.  

For independent information on disabled access, see the DisabledGo website.

We aim to provide excellent customer service supporting NBC's aim to be one of the best councils in terms of public service. 

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