Follow the story of poverty, crime and punishment through our three museums. Desperation often led the poor to a life of petty crime, and the punishments were cruel and severe. Discover what life was like in the workhouse, prison and courthouse. Find out why people ended up here and what happened to them.
Important Notice: From March 21st, all three of Ripon Museums - the Workhouse Museum & Garden, the Prison & Police Museum and the Courthouse will be closed until further notice, in line with the latest advice from the Government and Public Health England.
Please see our website for updates. We also aim to bring our museums to you by sharing the stories of the many people who spent time in our institutions, together with exploring the objects in our collections, through social media.
Workhouse Museum & Garden
Experience the Victorian workhouse, starting at the original gatehouse building, walk into the workhouse as a vagrant – the indignity and horror of the baths and the fumigation process can be followed to the Vagrant’s Cells. Discover the contrast between the Master & Matron’s quarters and the sparse inmates’ accommodation.
Visit the kitchen garden where workhouse inmates worked – now restored and growing fruit and vegetables available in 1890.
|2020 - Opening (10 Feb 2020 - 1 Dec 2020)|
* Local school holidays all three museums are open 10am - 4pmDates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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