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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 research requests to visit the shoe collection until 1 May 2016. We are still continuing to accept shoe donations, concealed shoe enquiries, shoe related enquiries and identifications.

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
12pm - 5pm
Mondays Closed

Abington Museum

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

Easter Opening Hours

Abington Park Museum
Open Good Friday and Easter Monday 12pm - 5pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
Open Good Friday and Easter Monday 10am - 5pm 

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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