Walsall Leather Museum

4.7/5 based on 816 reviews
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Lovely people working here and the cafe is adorable.

Great place to go and there's always something fun to do
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My fiancé and I have just moved to the area and pass by this on our way to the shops so we decided to pop in. Glad we did! It's a great little museum, the staff were SO friendly! We really enjoyed it. Definitely a great way to spend an hour or two. Just make sure you park in one of the nearby pay and display car parks as there no parking at the museum itself.
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A really good experience.
Helpful staff, child friendly.
Have events on regularly for children
A journey through the history of the leather trade in Walsall.
Great for shopping for real quality handbags.
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Spent a fascinating morning in the museum with very helpful and knowledgable staff. Great value cafe. Well worth a visit especially as it is free.
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Ok, the leather trade in Walsall has a played a part in my life for many years. As a child I watched my mom making leather goods at home (out work) and I watched my nan stitching bridles also at home. When I left school I also went into leather trade and have been there ever since. Leather is an integral part of Walsall's history so please come and visit our leather museum you'll love it. It's got a little shop that sell high end leather goods at affordable prices.
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Took friends from Chicester to visit Leather Museum, very enjoyable, very knowledgeable Guide and Demonstrator. Recommend
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A lovely small museum with very helpful staff. We decided to have a light lunch before going round the museum. The staff were very helpful in the cafe and the food was excellent. We were amazed that entrance into the museum was free. Would recommend it to other friends and family.
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Today, we had a wonderful time at the Walsall Leather Museum for a Summer Fun Day. My children thoroughly enjoyed the variety of activities which included; face painting, badge making, a circus show, a puppet show, embossing, making keyrings, clay handprints and making glasses to wear! The staff are so friendly and work hard to provide a brilliant service. We love visiting the Museum. Well done to all the staff for all their hard work!
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I have visited the Walsall Leather museum with my children many times over the years, it's is a fantastic museum and so informative. In February 2015 my youngest son, who is 15 was given a placement there on a Friday afternoon. He absolutely loves his 2 hours there every week, even volunteering to go in his own time in the school holidays and will be there bank holiday Monday. Gavin has Asperger's Syndrome and the staff there are amazing with him and help and support him and he has learnt so much. He is so happy when he comes home a Friday, I can't thank everyone enough for what they do for him.
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Straightaway you are met by very friendly staff and the most pleasant surroundings you can imagine. The displays are informative and well laid out. At times there are helpers there so you can have a go at making something - like an embossed key fob or book marker. Shows the fascinating history of leather goods and loriner (bits, etc. ) making in clear words and big photographs. Very clean toilets. Books for sale and leather goods (wallets, handbags,etc.) Cheerful cafe with good wholesome nosh for all ages (under new management). You will want to return and tell your friends.
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This is a lovely museum with lots of well thought out interesting displays. The cafe is well run and very pretty too. Handy parking over the road. A happy hour was spent browsing here.
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Quite busy and had a experienced saddle maker show us some of the technics in producing saddles.We found lots of different things being made.We were told there are about 40 other saddle makers in the Walsall area.We spent about an hour going around all the rooms,there must be seven or eight different rooms showing from start to finish the making of saddles.I took a dozen pictures for keeping. I think about one hour is enough to go around and see everything. They also have a very good cafe which we will visit again.Staff we were involved with were excellent !0 Out 10.
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This is a smaller but fascinating Museum about the history of leather in Walsall. Lots of exhibits and restored workshops plus a well stocked shop. Our demonstrator was worth a visit In own right. At 90, Ron's mind was as clear as it was at half the age. He helped to make our visit very enjoyable. There's also a good cafe. All we'll worth a visit.....and the Museum is free!
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I grew up in Walsall but only visit now and again to see family but I try to go to the Leather Museum once a year with my children - it doesn't sound particularly exciting as museum themes go but it's really well done and brings the subject to life. Ron, a former leather industry worker, is 89 and still going strong as a tour guide and loves to tell visitors all about the history of the leather industry in Walsall and is always keen to show off his rare animal skins including an enormous anaconda. The cafe serves tasty meals which are really good value.
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Great place to take the kids to learn about the history of leather making, This is what Walsall is know for. Also, it's free.
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My son and I had never been to Walsall and it was the London Midland ticket staff at Walsall station who said check the museum out. What a little Gem Thank you to Ron for explaining the leather process and the history and his own experience the man is Ninety in August so you are meeting someone who started in the Leather industry over 74 years ago !!! and Ian helping Ben make the leather key rings. finished off with home cooking and nice cup of tea in the café !!! smashing Marc and Ben from Watford
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The crafting courses are wonderful. They are run by excellent people who specialize in their craft. Very enjoyable and the end result is a beautiful piece of art work to take home that you have created.
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Visited by Ian who had heard about Walsall's history of leather making, he went to find out more and had an enjoyable hour or so looking at the informative displays and talking to Ron who is an expert in leather making having started in 1940.

There are examples of how leather is made and the equipment used as well as overviews of how various leather goods are made, in particular saddles.

Well worth checking out whilst in the area especially as free entry!
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What a hidden jem I never knew about it until I looked on a website for thing to do in Walsall and I was on there so I paid a visit I surprised It was a Magnificent place went up to the demonstrators room you can make your own keying and do gold blocking but our favourites are Paul and Wendy greet me on every visit we return
I advise a visit
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Visited the Leather Museum recently with my grand children, aged 7.5yrs. and 3.5 yrs. For adults it is best not to have small children to distract you. After their initial shyness my grand children really enjoyed making embossed key rings and trying on the leather uniforms with the volunteer helpers.(Currently Fridays only?). Well worth a visit as it will open your eyes as to how leather is prepared. Ray.
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As a free entry venue this is right up there. A free guided tour by knowledgeable, friendly staff with hands on participation made for a very interesting 2.5 hour visit. Good cafe facilities along with an interesting shop. Amazing, can't go wrong here.
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This small museum based in an old leather factory gives the facts of how leather was worked and the large number of items that were produced ranging from purses to horse saddles, well worth the visit.
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I visited the centre this week with a group of my adult students who are new to England. I thought it would be a lovely and education trip to see what Walsall and the surrounding areas are about.
I rang the museum a day in advance and they sorted us out amazingly. They arranged a tour free of charge with a lovely gentleman called Ron. He was such an admirable gentleman who looked after us and helped engage my students into the museum and its history, as well as telling us his jokes and showing us photos of his army day, which gave us a lovely warm feeling. He explained his role and how much he loved working in the leather industry which was an inspiration to myself and my learners.
Once Ron had finished the tour, another gentleman and a young work experience student called Joe greeted us. They introduced us to a machine and gave us all the opportunity to make a print on a piece of leather as a gift, we found this again a lovely gesture and it helped encourage my learners to get involved with the history of the museum.

As well as catering for my students need they also catered for mine. Being 6 months with twins pregnant the museum staff were very understanding and offered me seats to sit if I became tired or worn out. I found this a lovely gesture.

Overall, we had a lovely and education as well as humorous and enjoyable afternoon at the Leather Museum and will definitely be returning with my children and family in the future for a day out. A big, big thank you to Dom, Joe and Ron for making our day special and memorable, also thanking the ladies at reception for helping us out upon arrival.

A great day out for every age group, parking opposite which was great and a great friendly and warming atmosphere! A must for anyone visiting the area or just want a day out!
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Entrance is via the shop, and you immediately come into contact with the staff. Friendly and warm and very helpful I was made to feel very welcome.

Lots of questions asked and answered, and the chance to see some modern leather goods from local manufacturers along with various souvenirs made me want to linger before entering the actual museum!

There's surprisingly no charge for entry but there is a discrete slot in the wall as you walk into the main museum, located to your left on the black wall (just in case you miss it!) I urge you to donate something to support the work everyone is doing.

Even though the museum is quite small there is lots to see, spread over 2 floors and numerous rooms. Unfortunately when I visited there were no demonstrations going on, but there's actually a working workshop and you can get hands-on.

If you are visiting the area do pop in. It's well worth the visit.
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Had a wonderful day creating a leather mask today. Excellent tuition, great group of like minded people and a wearable mask to boot! Great value for money and would do it all again. Fingers crossed I can get on the next leather workshop.
Many thanks to all staff at the Museum.
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