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Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum celebrates 300 years of Sheffield making history

Explore the story of making in the city, from master craftsmen to mass production. Experience life and work during the Industrial Revolution, follow the sights and sounds of progress through the Victorian era, celebrate the Women of Steel and see how industry forged the modern city.

You’ll hear the roar and feel the rumble of the mighty River Don Engine, the 425 ton 12,000hp visitor-favourite in steam twice a day Thursday-Sunday, and find out more about the industry that saw Sheffield become world-renowned for making and innovation.

During your visit you'll have a chance to:

  • See the pioneering Sheffield Simplex cars and more in the Transport Galleries
  • Step back in time as you stroll along the cobbles of Little Mesters Street
  • Explore the Hawley Tool Collection, chronicling centuries of skilled craftsmanship and precision manufacturing
  • See the Crossley Gas Engine and Die-Sinkers Workshop in action
  • Find out about life on the home front in Sheffield in the 1916 House 

Then when it's time to recharge your batteries, there are plenty of treats to be had at our café, Joni  – there's even a traditional pub on-site, The Millowners Arms.


Free Entry | Please Donate

Opening Times

Tue-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 11am-4pm

We’re unable to run the River Don Engine on Sun 23 Jun due to a leak on the condensation pipe. We’re sorry if you were hoping to see it in action, our Historic Engineering team are working on the problem and we’ll have it back in steam as soon as possible.

The Upper Transport Gallery and Simplex Car display will be closed for events on Sat 15, Sat 22 & Sat 29 Jun.

Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street


S3 8RY



River Don Engine

Hear the roar and feel the rumble of the most powerful working steam engine in Europe - an unmissable part of any visit to Kelham Island Museum! In steam Thu-Sun.

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Museum Gift Experience: Run the River Don Engine

Our unforgettable museum experience packages – including a chance to run the mighty River Don Engine –  are a present guaranteed to wow that special someone.

As well as making their day (or maybe treating yourself), you’ll also be giving an important gift to your museums – raising vital funds to help keep them free and open for everyone to enjoy, all year round.


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