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A group of adults and children looking at the River Don Engine. A group of adults and children looking at the River Don Engine.

© Andy Brown

© Andy Brown

Our sites and museums are for everyone. Here you'll find information on accessible facilities and resources to help you plan your visit. 

Getting Around

  • There are 2 accessible parking bays for blue badge holders at the museum alongside more than 20 other public parking spaces.
  • We welcome Assistance Dogs to Kelham Island Museum.
  • The museum is surrounded by traditional cobbled paving, but a firm and level footpath has been installed over the cobbles from the main gate. This path conveniently links the car park to the main museum building, Brearley Room, Millowners Arms, accessible toilets and Island Café Bar.
  • Little Mesters Lane (an area inside the museum) has a fully cobbled walkway.
  • The Crossley Gas Engine viewing platform is accessed via a short flight of stairs.
  • There are automatic doors to the main building.
  • There is level or ramped access throughout the museum. Stairs and lifts are provided to all three floors.
  • Kelham Island Museum is a large building with exhibits spread over three floors. We have installed a fixed static tactile map to help visitors  find their way around the site. The map is located inside the main entrance near to the reception desk.
  • You can also borrow a hand held tactile map free of charge from reception. This can be taken with you on your journey around the museum. Loan copies of the map are also available before your visit on request.
  • Seating is available throughout the museum.
  • Wheelchairs are available on request. To book a wheelchair in advance of your visit, please email 

Sounds & Environment

  • Kelham Island Museum can be noisy in places which may impair visitors’ ability to hear clearly.
  • Museum staff can help you to identify quieter areas and to advise when particularly noisy events are happening, such as the running of the River Don Engine at 12pm and 2pm. 
  • Ear defenders are available on request.

Accessible Toilets (including nearest Changing Places toilet)

Accessible toilets are located adjacent to the café directly opposite to museum entrance.

The nearest Changing Places Toilet is located at the Crucible Theatre
55 Norfolk Street
S1 1DA
United Kingdom

Exploring the Museum

  • You’ll find captioning on our AV / films throughout the gallery.
  • Our brochures and flyers are available in large print on request.
  • An audio induction loop is provided at the admissions desk and a set of portable audio induction loops are available during visits and as part of guided tours.


Contact Us

  • We want everyone to enjoy their visit to Kelham Island Museum. If you have any particular access requirements please get in touch and we'll be happy to help. You can email us at

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