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Royal Pump Room Museum

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Royal Pump Room Museum

Address/Location

Crown Place
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 2RY

Contact

Tel: 01423 556188

Museum

Visit the strongest sulphur wells in Europe, where over 15,000 people used to come every summer.

Discover Harrogate's connection to Russian royalty and what politicians and famous writers of the 19th and 20th century thought of their visits.

Charles Dickens described Harrogate as the queerest place with the strangest people leading the oddest lives!

Stroll past the museum's displays of old-fashioned shops, a hotel and Harrogate's famous park, the Stray, to explore life in bygone Harrogate.

Marvel at our Egyptian treasures and discover how science is helping us find out more about them.

Royal Pump Room Museum history:

The Royal Pump Room was built by Isaac Shutt in 1842 to provide shelter for the town’s affluent visitors as they took the famous waters.

At its peak, each summer the Pump Room attracted 15,000 people.

Among its most famous visitors was Tsarina Alexandra of Russia in 1911.

The annexe was added in 1913 to cater for the expanding visitor numbers, and now houses the permanent exhibition and the museum shop.

The Pump Room attracted fewer visitors after the Second World War and with the emergence of the National Health Service the ‘curing’ waters were not taken as frequently and eventually the doors were closed.

On May 22nd 1953 the Royal Pump Room was reopened as a museum.

The museum is operated by Harrogate Museums and Arts, Harrogate Borough Council.

The museum has a changing temporary exhibition programme and permanent displays of Harrogate’s spa-history.

Opening Times

April to September Opening 2017 (1 Apr 2017 - 30 Sep 2017)
DayTimes
Monday10:3017:00*
Tuesday10:3017:00*
Wednesday10:3017:00*
Thursday10:3017:00*
Friday10:3017:00*
Saturday10:3017:00*
Sunday
Autumn 2017 (1 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday10:3017:00*
Tuesday10:3017:00*
Wednesday10:3017:00*
Thursday10:3017:00*
Friday10:3017:00*
Saturday10:3017:00*
Sunday14:0017:00*
Winter 2018 (28 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018)
DayTimes

* The Royal Pump Room Museum is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm and Sundays 2-5pm (January to March closes 4pm, Sundays in August opens 12-5pm). Christmas opening hours: Closed 24-27 December 2016 and 1-27 January 2017.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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