Religious Museums

The Religion, Collections and Heritage Group wants to raise the profile of religious collections. The following is an attempt to start finding out what is where, by listing the museums and exhibitions that use their collections to tell a religious or related story. We shall welcome comments and suggested additions. 



Bedford: John Bunyan Museum (Congregational/Baptist)

Bedford: Panacea Museum

Elstow Moot Hall


Reading: Berkshire Freemasons Library & Museum


Birmingham Oratory Newman Museum


Charles Wesley’s House (Methodist)

The New Room Museum (Methodist)


Chalfont St. Giles: Milton’s Cottage

Olney: Cowper & Newton Museum


Ely Cathedral Stained Glass Museum


Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum (Primitive Methodist)

Runcorn: Norton Priory Museum


Baldhu: Billy Bray’s Chapel (Methodist)

Boscastle: Museum of Witchcraft & Magic

Redruth: Busveal Chapel Visitor Centre

Trewint: Wesley Cottage (Methodist)

County Durham

Bishop Auckland: Weardale Museum (Methodist)

Bishop Auckland: Faith Museum project

Chester-le-Street: Ankers House Museum, St Mary and St Cuthbert

Durham Cathedral Museum

Irehopesburn: Weardale Museum Wesley Room

Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens


Barrow-in-Furness: Furness Abbey Museum

Carlisle Cathedral Treasury

Kendal: Quaker Tapestry Museum


Derby: National Sikh Heritage Centre & Holocaust Museum


Bridport: Chideock Church Museum

Poole: Dorset Provincial Masonic Museum

Shaftesbury Abbey Museum

East Sussex

Brighton: Doreen Valiente Collection (Pagan)

Brighton: Sussex Masonic Museum


Southend-on-Sea: Prittlewell Priory

Stansted Mountfitchet: Britten Memorial Museum, Arthur Findlay College (Spiritualist)

Wickford: Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex library & museum


Hailes Abbey Museum

Lydney Park Roman temple, gardens and museum

Greater Manchester

The House of Wisdom Exhibition, British Muslim Heritage Centre

Manchester Jewish Museum


Beaulieu Abbey and Monastic Life Exhibition

Portsmouth: Genesis Expo (Creation Science Movement)

Winchester Cathedral Kings & Scribes exhibition


Hereford: St John Medieval Museum and Coningsby Hospital

Hereford Cathedral: Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition


St Albans Cathedral The Power of Pilgrimage exhibition


Canterbury: St Augustine’s Abbey Museum & Exhibition,

Canterbury Cathedral Historic Collections

Canterbury: The Kent Museum of Freemasonry

Ramsgate: Shrine of St Augustine and the National Pugin Centre 

Rochester: Huguenot Museum


Southport Masonic Hall historical collection

Stonyhurst College Historic Collections (Roman Catholic)

Warrington Museum of Freemasonry


Leicester: Sikh Museum, Guru Teg Bahadur Gurdwara

Leicester: Jain Centre

Leicester: William Carey Museum, Central Baptist Church


Epworth Old Rectory (Methodist)

Lincoln Cathedral Connected Project

Lincoln: St Katherine’s Heritage & Cultural Centre

Thornton Abbey Exhibition


Liverpool Cathedral Elizabeth Hoare Gallery


All-Hallows-By-The-Tower Crypt Museum

Charterhouse Museum

Fulham Palace Museum

Jewish Museum London

Khalili Collection: Hajj & the Arts of Pilgrimage

London Mithraeum

Museum & Archive, The Swedenborg Society

Montefiore Synagogue textiles (Jewish)

Museum of the Book, London Baptist Church

Museum of Freemasonry

Museum of the Order of St John

Museum of Methodism

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: Understanding Hinduism exhibition, Wembley

Sisters of Nazareth Heritage Centre

St Paul’s Cathedral Object Collection

Westminster Abbey Jubilee Galleries

St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral Museum

Westminster Synagogue Czech Memorial Scrolls Museum (Jewish)

The House of Life, Willesden Jewish Cemetery


Manchester Jewish Museum

House of Wisdom, British Muslim Heritage Centre

Newcastle upon Tyne

Wesley Room, Brunswick Methodist Church


The Ickeny Collection – East Anglian Museum of Magic and Mythology

Norwich Cathedral Treasury

Norwich: Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry

Walsingham: Museum of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic)

Walsingham: St Seraphim’s Icon & Railway Heritage Museum (Orthodox)


Northampton: New Testament Church of God Heritage Centre


Lindisfarne Priory Museum


Newark: National Holocaust Centre and Museum

Nottingham: The William Booth Birthplace Museum (Salvation Army)


Dorchester Abbey Museum

Shrivenham: Museum of Army Chaplaincy

Lincoln College Oxford: The Wesley Collection


Bath: The Roman Baths Museum

Bath: Masonic Hall Museum

Bath: Tafari Gallery, Fairfield House (Rastafarian)

Glastonbury Abbey Museum

South Tyneside

Jarrow Hall: Bede Museum


Biddulph Grange Geological Gallery (Creationist)


Guildford Cathedral Treasury

West Midlands

Sandwell: Bishop Asbury Cottage (Methodist)

Sutton Coldfield: College Museum, St Mary’s College Oscott (Roman Catholic)

West Sussex

Chichester Cathedral Treasury

East Grinstead: Saint Hill Manor (Scientology)

Felpham: William Blake Cottage


Pewsey: Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre

Stonehenge Exhibitions


Eldersfield: Gadfield Elm Chapel Museum of Mormon History

Worcester: Worcestershire Masonic Library and Museum


Coxwold: Byland Abbey Museum

Halifax: Mount Zion Methodist Heritage Chapel

Kirklees: Dewsbury Minster Heritage Centre

Leeds: Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre

Fulneck Moravian Church & Museum

Rievaulx Abbey Museum

Ripon Cathedral Treasury

Ripon: Porter’s Lodge exhibition, Fountains Abbey

York Minster Undercroft Museum

York: Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre (Roman Catholic)

Whitby Abbey Visitor Centre


Abergavenny: St Mary’s Priory Tithe Barn

Betws-y-Coed: Ty Mawr Wybrnant (Birthplace of Bishop William Morgan)

Brecon: Howell Harris Museum (Calvinistic Methodist)

Holywell: St Winifride’s Well Museum

Margam Stones Museum

St Asaph Cathedral Museum

St Davids Cathedral Treasury

Dogmael’s Abbey Coach House Visitor Centre

St Teilo’s church, St Fagans, National Museum of Wales

Merthyr Tydfil: Jewish Heritage Centre project


Aberdeen: Blairs Museum, The Museum of Scotland’s Catholic Heritage

Arbroath: St Vigeans Sculptured Stones Museum

Biggar: Greenhill Covenanters’ House

Blantyre: David Livingstone Birthplace

Cromarty: Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage and Museum (Free Church)

Dunblane Cathedral: Dunblane Museum

Dunkeld Cathedral Chapter House Museum

Edinburgh: John Knox House

Edinburgh: Grand Lodge Museum, Freemasons’ Hall

Elgin Cathedral Stones Exhibition

Glasgow: St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

Glasgow: Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre

Iona Abbey Museum

Jedburgh Abbey Visitor Centre

Largs: Tyburn Convent Christian Heritage Museum

Lochgoin Covenanters Museum

Paisley Abbey Sacristy Exhibition

St Andrews Cathedral Museum

Whithorn Priory and Museum


Ballymena: Gracehill Old School Museum Room (Moravian)

Downpatrick: St Patrick Visitor Centre

Londonderry: St Columb’s Cathedral Museum


St Helier: Jersey Masonic Temple Museum

Have we missed anything? If you are aware of a museum specialising in any aspect of religion that you think should be on this list, then please contact us at