Museum of Croydon



Our public spaces offer a wonderful opportunity to learn about Croydon’s past in an enjoyable and interesting way.  They would really like people to come for a free tour of the Museum of Croydon's galleries and Research Room.  Tours normally last for 1 hour and can take place between 11am and 5pm (Tuesday – Saturday).  You will discover stories behind the famous faces of Croydon and also how to use Croydon street directories, photos and maps to explore your local area.  Please do contact them at  or 020 8253 1022 for more information or to book.   Please check our website for details of our closure period over Christmas.


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Public exhibitions and events


First World War: Stories of Croydon

The 100th anniversary of the world's first truly global conflict is commemorated in this exhibition by students from St Joseph's College. The students worked with museum staff and volunteers to explore the experiences of Croydon citizens during the war and to help bring their stories to light. 


Croydon Gets Sketchy! 

features highlights from the Borough Art Collection in ink, pen, pencil and pastel.  Through portraiture and landscapes, abstracts and cartoons, this exhibition celebrates all that is sketchy about the Croydon we love! 


You can find out more about our busy programme of temporary exhibitions, adult events and family events on the What’s On page at   


Events coming up in 2015


Free adult event: Who do you think they were?

Saturday 10 January 2015 - 11am – 12pm

During this session you will learn how to reveal the lives of people in Croydon’s past.  Using local collector Raymond Riesco as an example, you will use the resources at the Research Room, including photographs, maps and street directories to find out about people of your choice.  

Please book a place in advance as spaces are limited at or 020 8253 1022.


Free adult event: Museum of Croydon tours

Thursdays 15 January, 19 February and Thursday 19 March 2015 - 11am – 12pm

Join this fascinating tour of the galleries and discover some of the real stories behind the famous faces of Croydon.  Meet Nellie Chapman, the daring Lion Queen who performed for Queen Victoria and find out why Derek Bentley’s murder trial caused such controversy.  You will also explore the Research Room and Exhibition Gallery and see how to use Croydon street directories, photos and maps to explore the local area.  

Please book a place in advance as spaces are limited at or 020 8253 1022.


Free family event: Victorian Lives

Saturday 14 February 2015 - drop in 11am -1pm and 2pm-4pm

Discover how photographs and maps show us how Croydon has changed since Victorian times.  Get a feel for Victorian life in Croydon by handling objects from the time. 

Suitable for ages 4 and over

Activities Space (next to Riesco Gallery)


Free family event: The Blitz On Your Street

Saturday 14 March 2015 – drop in 11am – 1pm and 2-4pm

How did the blitz and the bombing raids of World War Two affect where you lived? Was your house bombed? During this drop-in session our volunteers will be on hand to help you research the impact of the bombing raids near you. You can use the resources in the Research Room, including bomb maps, photographs of air raid damage, and the Borough Engineer Reports to find out about the building or street of your choice.  We also have a collection of memories of Croydon during the war, in addition to a variety of original documents, photographs and objects that can be handled and explored.

Suitable for ages 8 and over

Activities Space (next to Riesco Gallery)


Please contact us at if you have any questions or would like to find out more about the services we provide.

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