The museum opened in 1875 in Weston House, the grounds of which later became the park. A neoclassical extension, in the Ionic order, was added in 1887. The Mappin Art Gallery was built to house the collection of work bequeathed to the city by the Rotherham businessman John Newton Mappin. Weston Hall was demolished in the 1930s and a purpose-built structure was completed in 1937. For most of its history the complex was known as the Sheffield City Museum and Mappin Art Gallery. The museum contained Sheffield's archaeology, natural history, decorative art and social history collections. In December 1940 the Mappin Art Gallery suffered a direct hit in the Sheffield Blitz, destroying a significant part of the building and damaging much of the rest. During the 1950s and 1960s the museum remained open to the public, whilst the Mappin Art Gallery was left in a partially demolished state after the structure had been made safe. The museum's archaeology exhibits include a replica of the Bronze Age rock art from Gardom's Edge and many items collected by Thomas Bateman, notably the Benty Grange helmet which closely matches the descriptions of warriors' helmets in Beowulf. There are seven galleries: the Harold Cantor Gallery; Sheffield Life and Times; History Lab; Arctic World; What On Earth!; Treasures; and About Art. The Harold Cantor Gallery houses temporary exhibitions, which include major touring exhibitions from national partners such as the V&A and British Museum. The museum is home to one of the longest serving weather stations in the country, providing data on Sheffield's weather since 1882.
Sheffield Life & Times tells the story of the city from the point of view of the people who have lived here. From the weird and wonderful neolithic stone carvings of the peak district, through to the troubled days of the miner's strike and Sheffield's regeneration, this gallery shows what makes this city special. You'll discover the natural resources which helped turn Sheffield into the 'Steel City', the slums of Victorian Sheffield, the city's radical political past, and the impact of post-war planning and immigration. Alongside real life displays such as Burton's butcher's shop and relics from the Sheffield Flood of 1864 you'll find paintings of Sheffield from the city's collection and a host of interactives. Weston Park is fully wheelchair accessible. All exhibitions and displays are on the ground floor of the building and the upstairs activity rooms are easily accessible via the lift. Wheelchairs are available to borrow on request. The Museum has ground and upper floor toilets with disabled access and baby change facilities. We welcome guide and hearing dogs only to the Museum. Hearing Loops are available in the activity rooms and shop. Seating is available throughout most sections of the Museum. Large print 'find out more' sheets are available in the exhibitions along with versions of all interpretation.
Location : Western Bank, Mushroom Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2TP
Transport: Sheffield (National Rail) then tram. Tram : University of Sheffield 1/3 mile. Bus Routes : 51 and 52 stop nearby.
Opening Times : Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00; Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Tickets : Free
Tel: 0114 278 2600