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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 a major digitisation project and work on the museum stores, we are only able to accommodate limited research requests to visit the shoe collection. To enquire please contact us. 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.


Opening times

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery


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

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,
Northampton,
NN1 1DP

Telephone: 01604 838 111
Fax: 01604 838 720
Email: museums@northampton.gov.uk

Access:

  • 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
Northampton
NN1 5LW

Telephone: 01604 838110
Fax: 01604 838720
Email: museums@northampton.gov.uk

Parking 

Two free disabled parking spaces in the park. Free on street parking available. Nearest location is Christchurch Road.  

Access

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

Refreshments

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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