Get involved - activities and what's on at Sandwell Museums

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Important visitor information - Please read before you visit

  • Scroll down the page to find out what activities are available at our different sites. Please note that our sites are open at advertised times below and also for general casual visitors. For these general opening hours click the links to the site page. We will be updating our events throughout the year for the coming season so keep coming back to see what's on next.
  • Entrance to our sites is FREE unless an admission charge is stated for specific activities and there is no need to book unless it states booking is required. To book, phone the relevant site or pop in - cash or cheque only.
  • Please note that staff are not available to take phone calls every day.  Please avoid calling on Mondays.
  • Follow the links below to the site pages to find out about opening times, accessibility and facilities
  • We are unable to accommodate pushchairs inside our buildings due to the size and nature of our sites.                               

  • Assistance dogs only on site please.

  • January - please note our sites are completely closed to groups, visitors and pre-booked activities in January -  we don't take bookings in January due to deep cleaning, maintenance and planning activities

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The new year and late winter at Sandwell Museums

We are currently putting our events, activities and open days programme together for 2020, so keep checking back here for details as we publish them. Our sites are closed until April apart from February half term activities, special events and pre-boked and regular groups

 

Oak House Museum, Oak Road, West Bromwich - 0121 553 0759

Our site is open at advertised times below and during our general opening hours found on the Oak House page, staff are available at other times to take your call but please avoid calling on Mondays. Oak House is open April-September, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 2pm-5pm October and November Tues, Weds and Thurs 1pm-4pm (Site, visitor centre, old barn and playground open at 1pm, house opens at 2pm). Entrance Free. We also have a lively programme of Christmas activities in December and February half term fun. Open at other times for special events and activities throughout the year as advertised below.

 

Play area at Oak House

 

Pick and Mix Cosy Crafts: Tuesday 18, February, 11am-3pm
Come and get cosy in the Oak House barn classroom today and choose from a wide range of crafts to make and take home. The Oak House will be open and trails and quizzes will be available. The tea room will be open courtesy of the Friends of the Oak House Museum. Crafts from 50p.

Pick and Mix Cosy Crafts: Wednesday 19, February, 11am-3pm
Come and get cosy in the Oak House barn classroom today and choose from a wide range of crafts to make and take home. The Oak House will be open and trails and quizzes will be available. The tea room will be open courtesy of the Friends of the Oak House Museum. Crafts from 50p.

Go Play: Thursday 20, February, 11am-3pm
Go Play provided by Creative Academies will be offering a range of creative sports and play on the green space on the Museums grounds.
Check us out on our social media for more free opportunities near you, Twitter @CACADEMIES Instagram @CANETWORKS
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Friday the 13th - A night with the spirits! Evening tours: More details to follow - Something for the grown ups! Discover some of our ghostly stories and gothic tales as we take you on a tour of this 400 year old building. Aged 14 years and above. Charges will apply booking essential, drinks and snacks will be available

 

Oak House family fun

Oak House family Fun


Regular groups 

Gardening Group - Join our volunteer group and help us to garden the grounds for wildlife and in a 1600s style removing inappropriate planting and planting plants, herbs and seeds you may have found around Oak House in the 1600s. Tuesdays 10am-1pm.

Nifty Knitters, knitting group 11am-1pm £1 - Every Friday - Come along bring along your knitting or other craft activity of your choice, get advice off other group members and have a natter. Everyone is welcome.

Find out about general opening times, facilities, directions and other information about Oak House Museum.

Haden Hill House Museum, off Barrs Road, Cradley Heath - 01384 569 444

Our site open at advertised times, staff are available at other times to take your call but please avoid calling on Mondays. Open to general visitors April - September Thursdays, Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays and Sundays 2pm-6pm. Then October and November Thursdays and Fridays 12pm-4pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. The site is open at other times for special events and activities throughout the year as below including a lively Christmas programme and February half term fun. Entrance Free

Museum assistant Anne Willetts and visitor services officer Alison Hyatt prepare for the VE Day 70th anniversary event at Haden Hill House Museum

 

Half term at Haden Hill House

Pick and Mix Crafts: Tuesday 18 February; 11am-3pm. Come along to the Museum and choose from a wide range of crafts to make and take home. £1 per craft.

Fun and Games: Wednesday 19 February; 11am-3pm. Come and have a go at some traditional board and card games.

Bring on the Birds: Thursday 20 February; 11am-3pm. It’s bird day at Haden Hill House Museum. Come and make a decorative bird box, bird food peanut wreath or join in with trails and quizzes. Crafts and wreath making £1.50 - £2

Carnival Crafts with Go Play Sandwell: Friday 21; February 11am-3pm. Get crafty with Go Play Sandwell and join in with some carnival themed crafts.

Regular Groups

Natty Knitters: 10.30am-12.30 join our knitting group every Wednesday from February onwards where you can enjoy a natter & a cup of tea, bring your own knitting or craft - £1 per person.

Find out about general opening times, facilities, directions and other information about Haden Hill House and Old Hall.

Bromwich Hall - The Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich, 0121 588 2985

Our site open at advertised times, staff are available at other times to take your call. The Manor House is open for advertised events and activities and weekend self guided and guided tours as advertised below. It is not open at other times apart from for pre-booked groups.

NB: Seeing the whole building: Access to the whole building is sometimes not possible on event and activity days - look out for our free guided tours or self guided tours which will be advertised below if you would like to see as much of the house as possible and learn more about the history. However groups can book private guided tours with the site which attracts a cost. Open Days are normally between April and September

  • No pushchairs inside the building
  • Assistance dogs only on site.
  • Please wear sensible shoes, preferably flat or low heels.

February half-term

A day to Play: Monday 17 & 19 Wednesday 11am-3pm
Bring your new toys and games to our cosy Great Hall to play with for our big day in. There will be crafts and trails to take part in, and RSPB and Go Play will also be here with fun activities!

Paranormal Investigation: Friday 7 February 7pm-10pm
A unique investigation into things that go bump in the night. With 750 years of history, who knows what stories you might uncover. £20 each. Tickets available at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/thefriendsofthemanorhousemuseum

A psychic Evening: Friday 21 February 7pm-9pm
Come along for an evening of mediumship at our grade 1 listed building. Tickets £12 each. Tickets available at: www.ticketsource.co.uk/thefriendsofthemanorhousemuseum
 

Aerial view of manor

 

Regular Groups

Garden Maintenance Group: The 1st Wednesday of every month starting April, 10am-1pm, Could you spare a few hours a month towards the upkeep of the Manor House grounds? Our 13th Century grounds require on-going care to keep them at a high standard so they can be enjoyed by all of our many visitors, and we need your help to do this! Come and help and become part of a passionate and friendly team! All basic tools will be provided as well as light refreshments. Areas of maintenance will include: - The Moat - Car Park, - Pathways - Herb Garden, Call us on 0121 588 2985 to register your interest.

Find out about general opening times, facilities and other information about the Manor House Museum.

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road - 0121 556 0683

Toys week at February half term

Come and Play - Wednesday 19 February - 11am-3pm - Enjoy half term fun at the museum with games in the gallery, and themed craft activities and trails. Entry free but a small charge for craft activities.

TOYS  - Thursday 20 February. Doors open 11am for craft activities, performance at 1pm. Bring your toys to the museum for this fantastic interactive theatre performance with slot machine theatre as your favourite toys become part of the performance and are taken on an adventure with a story about friendship. Perfect for 5-10 year olds and their grown ups.  £2.50 for children, £1.50 for adults. Pop into the museum Tues-Thurs to get tickets (ring the doorbell) or book online at  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/sandwell-museums-and-arts

toys

TOYS

 

Regular Groups

Community Painting Groups - Our three art groups meet on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at the museum from 10am and a member of museum staff facilitates the groups. These aren't taught groups but our knowledgeable member of staff is on hand to help and give advice. There is also the opportunity to go on trips or try your hand at new artistic techniques or styles. call 0121 556 0683 for details and information.

Tuesday Groups - Tuesdays are our community groups days - call the museum to find out more.

Find out about general opening times, facilities and other information about Wednesbury Museum. 

The Arts Cafe at Central Sixth , West Bromwich

From our recent call out for artists to exhibit we can now happily announce that the 1st couple of exhibitions to take place:

 

 

 

Galton Valley Canal Museum, Smethwick, B66 1BA

Galton Valley

Galton Valley Pumping station is open on the second Saturday of the month 10am-3pm from March to October Entry FREE - Dog Friendly

Housed in the New Smethwick Pumping Station the canal museum tells the story of the Galton Valley canal system and the people that lived and worked on it. Entry to the museum is free and there are light refreshments available. Sorry there are no toilet facilities.

Manned by our brilliant Friends group. Entrance is FREE -  Call 0121 556 0683 for more information.

Here are our 2020 open days

14th March

11th April

9th May

13th June

11th July

8th August

12th September

19th September

10th October

Bishop Asbury Cottage

Bishop Asbury Cottage normally hosts several public open days per year FREE. keep checking back here for details

Alternatively you can book in a group visit for a small charge per person by calling 0121 553 0759.

Look out for our 2020 free open days in spring and September 2020.

Join us!

You can also 'join us' and discover there are 'More to Museums' - find out what regular groups or activities adults can get involved with from gardening or knitting, fund raising, volunteering or dressing up!