Islington Museum
  • 245
    St Johns Street
    EC1V 4NB
Visit Islington's local museum situated under Finsbury library on St. John Street.

The New Islington Museum was opened in May 2008. The Museum tells the story of Islington's past as it has never been told before.

It houses a gallery about Islington's history, with nine themes, ranging from wartime to leisure and childhood. The educational and historical value is unique.

The Islington Museum also boasts a unique collection of items, including a bust of Lenin, who lived and worked in Clerkenwell.

The Museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm except for Wednesday and Sunday.

Islington Museum encourages and enables local people to explore Islington's cultural heritage through collections, exhibitions and events, that will inspire them to learn, have fun and develop a sense of belonging to the borough.

The Museum holds a collection of over 500 objects and documents of local and historical significance.

The Discovery Desk also includes a Reference Collection of History Books and Leaflets, which can be consulted by visitors.

The Angel Gallery displays the museum's temporary exhibitions. Islington Museum holds 4-6 temporary exhibitions per year. Past themes have ranged from Arsenal FC to a 1950s Jubilee Exhibition, and from Contemporary Somali Crafts and Culture to a Digital Arts exhibition

The museum has a permanent History of Islington Exhibition, including an Islington Timeline, and a permanent Living Memories Gallery.

In conjunction with its exhibitions, Islington Museum offers a Programme of School and Family Workshops, Events and Talks on Islington's past and present.

There is also a thriving Museum Shop, and the museum operates a Local History Enquiry Service, with the assistance of the Islington Local History Centre at Finsbury Library, St John Street, Islington.


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