The Stonyhurst Museum & Open to the Public

Stonyhurst College is home to the oldest museum in the English-speaking world, dating back to 1609. The Collections focus on religious history and come from all over the world, reflecting the fact that the College has long been a global community.

Objects on display include:

  • First Folio of Shakespeare
  • Prayer books of Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth of York
  • Charles Waterton’s extraordinary 19th century Natural History collections
  • Rare surviving medieval and 17th century Church vestments
  • Arthur Conan Doyle’s school reports
  • Objects connected with the Gunpowder Plot
  • Baroque silver and artworks by Durer and Rembrandt
  • Joe Jackman’s Tobruk Victoria Cross
  • Three historic libraries with books dating from 1471

The Museum and Historic Libraries are open to the public without the need to pre-book a visit on select dates throughout the year.

2020 Museum Opening Dates

  • Friday 17th & Saturday 18th July
  • Friday 24th & Saturday 25th July
  • Friday 31st July & Saturday 1st August
  • Friday 7th & Saturday 8th August
  • Friday 14th & Saturday 15th August
  • Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd August


  • Open 10.00am – 4.00pm daily
  • No entry after 3.00pm
  • No pre-booking required


  • £6.00 entry for adults
  • £3.00 entry for children aged 5 – 18 years of age
  • Free entry to children under 5 years of age
  • Free museum activity sheet for children

Disabled Access

Please note that due to the nature of a Grade 1 listed building, we have limited disabled access. Access to the museum incorporates use of different levels with limited seating available. Please advise in advance if you have any special mobility requirements.