Museum of Iron

The Museum of Iron in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire is set to re-open this Easter, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Iron Gorge Museums.

The refurbished Museum of Iron will reopen following a restoration of all three floors. 

The museum will tell the complete history of the iron industry, from explaining how Ironbirdge Gorge provided all of the raw materials needed for iron to be made during Medieval times, through to the modern steel industry.

Different zones in the museum will look at the discoveries made in Coalbrookdale, including the people involved, such as ‘Iron Mad’ Wilkinson.

Visitors will also get to learn about the important role played by women in the management of the Coalbrookdale factory and the hard conditions each worker faced to make Ironbridge the important industrial location that it is. 

Examples of the varied ironware will be on display at the museum including an anchor from a Napoleonic warship, intricate statues and household goods.

For groups

Groups with more than 15 members will benefit from discounted admission when booking a visit in advance.

The museum will offer free coach parking and GTOS enter for free. Coach drivers will also be entitled to complimentary admission as well as a free refreshment voucher.

 More about the museum

The museum is being re-opened to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums.

It also marks 300 years since the death of Abraham Darby I, who was widely recognised as the man who started the Industrial Revolution.

To mark the anniversary, the Iron Gorge Museums Trust will also be holding a community art competition whereby winning submissions will be displayed across the museums in late spring.

Other highlights throughout the year will include new events such as animal inspired activities and summer events themed around Fire, Furnace and Steam.

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