An excellent museum of it's kind. Rather than just a depository of old artefacts found in the area this museum also displays the minutiae of the evoltion of modern Croydon. It is located inside the Croydon Clocktower arts facility. The Museum of Croydon has a varying range of different aspects of the history of Croydon and the surrounding areas. It incorporates the Riesco Gallery with a collection of Chinese pottery and ceramics, and exhibits about the important black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912) who lived most of his life in Croydon. The museum even includes things that the local IKEA in Purley Way sold when it first opened, such as furniture and the well-known catalogues. It also contains rare artefacts from the local football club, Crystal Palace, such as Peter Taylor's contract. They also have exhibitions for young people to voice and direct their opinion, so many other people can come and see their work. On the ground floor you can follow the story of Croydon from 1800 to Now. Outside the entrance to the galleries is an introductory area which will help you find out what you will see on your visit. Choose to enter the galleries through the 'Then' door to travel from 1800 to the present day or travel backwards through time by entering through the 'Now' door. Once in the galleries, follow the timeline to get an overview of how Croydon changed from a small, but important, market town in 1800 to the second most populous borough in London. Each area of the gallery contains five, touchscreen kiosks, which you can use to find our more about the objects and listen to the stories connected with them, as well as a hands-on interactive.
The Riesco Gallery(lower ground floor) is home to Croydon's Roman and Anglo-Saxon collections, as well as over 200 items from the Riesco Collection of Chinese ceramics. Together they give a fascinating insight into ancient world cultures, the long history of human settlement in the Croydon area, Europe and China, as well as something about the universal human desire to create, use and collect amazing things. The main display features objects from 4,500 years ago to the beginning of the 20th century, while the central case focusses on key objects and themes in the collections and the fascinating stories behind them. 'Croydon Now' is the contemporary exhibition space within the Museum of Croydon. It is a showcase for the community outreach, project and partnership work. It is also a way of keeping you up to date with their work. The changing displays bring all the things that are done around Croydon back into the museum, hopefully bringing new audiences with them and making the museum meaningful to people who don't think it's for them. It currently feature an exhibition entitled 'Moving to London'. Croydon Clocktower has ramped or lift access to all facilities. There are also accessible toilets. There are hearing loops on the main customer service desks and in the Memory Room of the Museum of Croydon. Guide & Hearing Dogs are welcome.
Location : Croydon Clocktower, 9 Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET
Transport: East Croydon (National Rail). George Street Tramlink (1, 2 and 3). Bus routes 50, 60, 64, X68, 75, 109, 119, 154, 157, 166, 194, 197, 198, 250, 264, 289, 312, 367, 403, 405, 407, 409, 410, 412, 450, 455, 466, 468, 494, 726 and T33 stop nearby.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 to 17:00.
Tickets : Free
Tel: 0208 253 1023