River & Rowing Museum

Due to the coronavirus, museums and galleries across the country may be closed or you may have to book a timed ticket in order to visit. Please check their websites and social media channels for up to date information.

Mill Meadows

  • Main Switchboard: 01491 415600
  • Events Co-ordinator: 01491 415610
  • Education Department: 01491 415605
  • Marketing Department: 01491 415642
  • Curatorial Department: 01491 415643

The River & Rowing Museum is one of the U.K’s leading independent museums. Situated in picturesque Henley on Thames, and housed in an award-winning building on the banks of the river, the Museum explores the River Thames, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley. The galleries include interactive displays as well as internationally-significant collections, including the family-friendly ‘Wind in the Willows’ gallery and a permanent display of the work of artist John Piper. In addition, the Museum hosts a lively programme of temporary and visiting exhibitions, working with partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and the Hayward Gallery in London. Working closely with organisations in our area, the Museum has recently opened a Community Gallery which showcases a wide variety of local projects. Twice shortlisted for Family Friendly Museum of the Year, the Museum is a registered educational charity, and welcomes over 114,000 visitors per year, including 20,000 children and adults who taking part in our fun and inspiring learning and events programme. The Museum has delightful café with a terrace overlooking Mill Meadows, and a shop specialising in children’s books and games, fashion and craft. Museum admission tickets provide unlimited free-entry for 12 months, so you can pay once and visit as many times as you like – fantastic value for money!

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm The Museum Cafe is open daily. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve & New Year's Day


Admission tickets are valid for 12 months, so you can pay once and come back as often as you like. Adult: £12.50 Child (0-3): Free Child (4-16): £9.95 Concessions: £11.50 (Carers admitted free of charge) Family groups 10% discount


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Travel directions:

Road: Easy to find by road, use RG9 1BF. Parking is FREE for Museum visitors. Our large car park is for the exclusive use of Museum visitors and guests attending an event. We have allocated parking for visitors with disabilities, and ramps to the Museum main entrance. Rail: Regular services from London (Paddington), Reading and Maidenhead via Twyford to Henley on Thames. See National Rail Enquiries and First Great Western Link for further information and timetables. Bus: Regular 328/329 bus services between Reading and High Wycombe, stopping at Henley on Thames. There is an hourly X39 service from Oxford. For additional information visit Reading Buses and Arriva Buses. Boat: A seasonal passenger boat service is operated by Salters Steamers from Reading and Marlow and will drop passengers off at the Museum’s jetty.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Buggy parking facilities
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Conference facilities available
  • Bicycle park
  • Public car park
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available

Facilities information:

The Museum is fully accessible and carers are entitled to free admission.


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits
  • Regular children's club
  • Commercial filming service
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Online shop
  • Volunteering scheme offered

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