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Wardown Park Museum, Luton

(4.3/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
Wardown Park Museum, formerly the Luton Museum & Art Gallery in Luton, is housed in a large Victorian mansion in Wardown Park on the outskirts of the town centre. The museum collection focuses on the traditional crafts of Bedfordshire, notably lace-making and hat-making. There are samples of Bedfordshire lace from as early as the 17th century.OverviewThe Women's Hat Industry collection features over 600 hats in an extensive collection . There are also extensive displays of decorative arts, including Saxon jewellery.There are also exhibits of costumes, straw-plaiting, fine arts, and several Victorian room settings, as well as medieval guild books.The first floor galleries were refurbished and opened as the Luton Life displays in February 2003. This was partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The museum displays explore stories of Luton people over the past 150 years. The galleries contain several listening posts where visitors are able to listen to local people telling their stories and describing key events. Additionally there are also several interactive displays as well as computer screens with historic photographs of Luton.The ground floor displays include the Living Landscape gallery which displays local archaeology and natural history, including the Shillington Roman coin hoard and an Iron Age mirror, finds from Waulud's Bank are also on display.
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TripAdvisor
  • always liked visiting this museum, but the attention to detail in the renovation is brilliant, so much effort has been put into this project, clearly with input from people who care about this buildin...  more »
  • The old house in the park is a great local museum I have visited it lots of times over the years it always has something new for me to see well worth a look at if you are in the town  more »
  • We visited the Museum on the day after it reopened. The investment in creating displays has really paid off. There is also now a restaurant for coffees and snacks, which adds to the ambience. Thank yo...  more »
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  • Great park for blowing away the cobwebs with some fresh air. Nice walks around the lake and good play area for kids as well as a small cafe. Tennis courts, bowling green and a museum as well Bring plenty of bread for the ducks and other feathered animals!
  • A nice park with lots of green space, a lake and playground for children. Good sports facilities too with tennis courts, bowling green and cricket pitch. There is an organised Parkrun on Saturday mornings at 9am which is 3 times round the lake with a hill finish.
  • So much green space to explore. Tennis courts, bowling green, wicked play Park and well lit paths to walk around the lake, which has a fabulous memorial fountain. The restoration of the iconic bridge and the regeneration of the museum makes Wardown Park an excellent family destination
  • It is quiet during morning, except for the ducks, gooses, pigeons, crows and even seagulls.
  • Not very inspiring but may become slightly more interesting once the museum reopens only safe during daylight hours!