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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.

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 

Christmas Opening Hours 

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Christmas Day                                                              Museum Closed

Boxing Day                                                                   Museum Closed 

Saturday 27 December                                                10am - 5pm

Sunday 28 December                                                  12pm - 5pm

Monday 29 December                                                  Museum Closed

Tuesday 30 December                                                10am - 5pm

New Year's Day                                                            Museum Closed

Friday 2 January                                                          10am - 5pm 

Abington Park Museum

Christmas Day                                                             Museum Closed

Boxing Day                                                                  Museum Closed

Saturday 27 December                                               1pm - 4pm

Sunday 28 December                                                 1pm - 4pm

Monday 30 December                                                 Museum Closed

Tuesday 31 December                                                Museum Closed

New Year's Day                                                           Museum Closed

Friday 2 January                                                         1pm - 4pm   

Appointments to view museums for groups can be made outside opening hours. 


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 

Free off road 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 excelllent customer service supporting NBC's aim to be one of the best councils in terms of public service. 


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