The Stonyhurst Museum is the oldest museum collection in the English-speaking world, dating back to 1609. Many of the objects in the Collections bear witness to its unique place in English history from the Middle Ages to the present day, while others show how pupils and staff have made their mark on the world as scientists, travellers, archaeologists, antiquarians, soldiers, civil servants and missionaries all over the globe.

Objects on display include:

  • First Folio of William 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 will be open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August 2020


2020 Dates:

Wednesday 8th April

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

Friday 18th & Saturday 19th December



  • Open between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Last entry at 3pm.
  • £6.00 entry. Children aged 5-18 years £3.00. Under 5’s free.
  • No pre-booking required.
  • Please go to the College Reception on the day.
  • Free Children’s Museum Activity Sheet (July dates onwards)
  • Café facilities are not available on museum open days.

Please note that due to the nature of a Grade I listed building with limited disabled access. The museum and tour route incorporate access to different levels with limited seating available. Please contact us for more information or to discuss specific requirements.

‘Every item in the Collections and Historic Libraries tells a story; to teach, to intrigue, and to provoke searching questions about our past and the present world we inhabit.’

Dr Jan Graffius, Curator