Record number of visitors for Barnsley Museums

Barnsley Museums has announced record breaking visitor numbers for 2021/22, attracting 1,467,938 people over the course of the year.

Despite challenging times, with some venues partially closed because of the pandemic, the museums continued to offer an innovative, exciting and interesting programme that has proven to be a hit with visitors far and wide.

The twenty eight percent increase really highlights the importance of the attractions locally and regionally not only supporting health and wellbeing but the wider visitor economy.

The museums have displayed a wide range of exhibitions, hosted events, showcased collections and worked with community groups on impactful projects.  Their outside spaces have been a critical lifeline for many over the last two years and continue to be a vital place for people to relax and unwind.

Lynn Dunning, Head of Barnsley Museums, said: “Barnsley Museums continues to go from strength to strength.  Our aim is to bring the very best of art and culture to the borough because that is what our residents and visitors deserve.  Our museums are not just great for days out but are the cornerstone of many communities. People often tell us how important they are and that’s why accessibility for all is critical, particularly now in difficult economic times.  Our venues are free to enter and we have lots to offer no matter what your age or tastes, so if you haven’t been to see us yet we would love for you to come along!”

Barnsley Museums is made up of;

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre

Elsecar Heritage Centre

Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens

The Cooper Gallery

Worsbrough Mill and Country Park




Part of the Wentworth Castle Gardens partnership