Museums and galleries

Calderdale Council operates a variety of museums & galleries throughout the region. The museum service cares for over 80,000 objects relating to the history and heritage of the area and its people.

Bankfield Museum, Halifax

Former home of Industrialist and founder of the model villages of Copley & Akroydon, Edward Akroyd this Victorian Mansion has been a museum for the area since 1887 and contains a diverse mix of collections as well as a vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions and events. Bankfield is also home to the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum.

Shibden Hall, Halifax

A family home since 1420, Shibden Hall reflects the contribution of the numerous families who have lived there over six centuries. Combine your visit with the surrounding park for a full day out suitable for all ages.

Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse

A purpose built art gallery generously donated to the public by Alderman William Smith. There is a permanent display of paintings from Calderdale’s rich collections as well as a series of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Heptonstall Museum, Hebden Bridge

Set in the picturesque Pennine hill village of Heptonstall the museum houses displays relating to this fascinating area. Stories range from the infamous Cragg Vale Coiners of the eighteenth century to the Battle of Heptonstall during the civil war.

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Calderdale Museums

Last Updated: 30/07/2015