What’s On at Chippenham Museum

Current Exhibition

ARTSPACE@Chippenham Museum

4 May – 27 July, free entry

ARTSPACE@Chippenham Museum is a new annual season dedicated to showcasing the best of new and local art. From May to July our temporary exhibition gallery will host a programme of specially curated displays changing every two weeks.

find out more on our Collections & Exhibitions page

Upcoming exhibition

Crime & Punishment

Saturday 3 August – Saturday 28 September

This exhibition explores crime and punishment from the Saxon period through to the present day. It marks 180 years of Wiltshire Police (the first and best!) and will include loans from their historic police collection, including early uniforms, handcuffs and shackles!

Why not take part in our programme of associated activities and events:

Doing Time in Wiltshire – with John Girvan

Saturday 10 August – 2.00pm
Thursday 26 September – 6.30pm

Meet local historian John Girvan to hear about how Chippenham’s offenders were treated in the past, see Chippenham’s old lock up and discover some weird and wonderful tales from Wiltshire’s history.

Free entry (booking essential)

Pirate Day

Saturday 17 August

Pirates Ahoy! Join the museum for a Pirate packed day of high adventure!


Monday 29 July – Saturday 31 August

A crime has been committed at the museum! Can you help us find the culprit? Follow the trail of clues every day during the school holidays.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm try your hand at free drop in crafty crime-solving activities with a new theme each week!

Heritage Open Days

14 – 21 September

Celebrate Chippenham’s places and stories both past and present with a host of free events during Heritage Open Days. The programme, organised by Chippenham Museum, includes the opportunity to step inside some of the town’s most celebrated and intriguing buildings.

This year’s programme includes:

    • Walk to Pewsham Locks with Wilts & Berks Canal Trust: Saturday 14 September
    • Chippenham Open Doors Day: Saturday 21 September
      A number of buildings in the town centre will be opening their doors with special activities and guides on hand to share their history.

more details coming soon

Regular Activities

Discovery Time

Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.15am-12.00noon, at the museum

Messy play for under 5s. Develop their creative side with crafts, paints, toys, sandpit and more!

Please note this session takes place upstairs (with lift access) in the museum’s Education Room with buggy parking downstairs in the museum.

£1.50 per child

History Walks

Every Wednesday in August – 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Join our regular guided summer walks to discover surprising stories about historic Chippenham.

£4 per person, meet at the museum