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Museum Of Croydon, Croydon

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The Museum of Croydon is a museum located inside the Croydon Clocktower arts facility. It is in Central Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, England. The museum is stated to be a lifetime museum, which showcases historical and stylish artefacts which were derived from the borough. The Museum is part of Croydon Council.The museum opened on the second floor of the Croydon Clocktower in 2006 and entrance to the galleries is free. Many of the exhibitions at the museum are hands on.The Museum of Croydon has a varying range of different aspects of the history of Croydon and the surrounding areas. It incorporates the Riesco Gallery with a collection of Chinese pottery and ceramics, and exhibits about the important black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who lived most of his life in Croydon.The museum even includes things that the local IKEA in Purley Way sold when it first opened, such as furniture and the well-known catalogues.It also contains rare artefacts from the local football club, Crystal Palace, such as Peter Taylor's contract.They also have exhibitions for young people to voice and direct their opinion, so many other people can come and see their work.In December 2009, the Museum was awarded official recognition by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council - showing that the museum management of its collections had met national standards, as well as the facilities that it provides for visitors. In December 2013, the Museum was stripped of its accreditation and excluded from reapplying for five years, following the sale at auction of a portion of its Chinese collection in what was described as a "deliberate contravention" of the "Museums Association's code of ethics".
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TripAdvisor
  • We had a great visit but not enough time to enjoy it properly.Friendly passionate staff. They are eager to explain the exhibits but not intrusive. They are also helpful with other information about th...  more »
  • With time to spare while visiting the David Lean cinema we discovered the museum which has been put together so cleverly with contributions from Croydon residents and friends. It is designed in neat s...  more »
  • If you are interested in the history of Croydon (the original one in South London - there are a few other Croydons around the world!) then this free museum is worth a visit. I tend to drop in at lunch...  more »
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  • Considering its free, worth popping in. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way for it, but if you're bored/passing, drop in. It's easy to spend only 5-20 minutes in and get a fair amount of enjoyment out of seeing some history and quirky items.
  • Great place for quite visiting
  • great to see if you are near by. you will find very interesting to find all that stuffs about Croydon!
  • good loca resource which can be overlooked, definitely worth a look
  • When i went there on a school trip i saw lots of world war 2 stuff. I was only there for 1 hour and i didn't have access to everywhere. But what i saw was great