Craven Museum & Gallery

Run by Craven District Council and located in Skipton Town Hall, Craven Museum & Gallery has impressive displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art. The exhibition gallery on the ground floor shows a changing programme of exhibitions related to heritage and the arts.

Visitors can discover more about the area’s past by exploring the small but varied collections on display. Entrance to the Museum & Gallery is free and there are dozens of activities for children, such as dressing up as cave people and Victorian servants, digging in our archaeology pit, grinding corn into flour on our quern and quizzes, puzzles and colouring.

The museum is also the home of the Skipton Shakespeare First Folio- one of only four First Folios on permanent display in the world.

Please note: The Museum is closed in January each year to allow for cleaning and updating of displays.

Visitor comments

"A visit to Craven Museum & Gallery is definitely one of the best things to do in Skipton."

"Great to see everyday objects, an amazing insight into times gone by... Fantastic!"                                                               

"A fascinating museum with lots to see and do, I shall definitely visit again."

"Wonderful, full of memories"

Museum Friends

Craven Museum & Gallery has an active friends group who support and promote the work of the museum. The Friends meet at 7:15pm in the Soroptomists Rooms on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Their programme of events includes winter lectures and summer outings.

For more information or if you are interested in joining The Friends please contact the museum.

Museum Volunteers

Craven Museum & Gallery is supported by a small group of dedicated volunteers who work behind the scenes on the museum collections.

For more information or if you are interesting in volunteering please contact the museum.


The gallery is on the ground floor. The museum is on the first floor. Due building re-development there is currently no disabled access to the first floor but we are working towards having a fully accessible lift installed within our future development work on the Town Hall. While we are undergoing this work we have a 'micro museum' handling collection and digital visit available in the Tourist Information Centre on the ground floor, although we realise that this in no way compensates for lack of access to the first floor displays we hope that all visitors will be able to access this. We will also endeavour to hold all our museum events on the ground floor during our period of redevelopment to enable all visitors to access them. Disabled parking spaces are located at the front of the Town Hall and in the High Street car park to the rear of the building. Assistance dogs are welcome. Please view or download our Accessibility Guide at