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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.

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 our major museum expansion project, unfortunately we have to suspend our enquiries service and loans from the collection. We will continue to accept enquiries related to the shoe collection, but these will have a longer response time. Our schools loans service will also continue as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause.

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General opening times

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery closed on Sunday 19 February 2017 to allow work to start on a major new expansion project. The new museum is expected to re-open in late 2018. 

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Closed for expansion

Abington 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


Two free disabled parking spaces in the park. Free on street 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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