We are open to the public  Wednesday to Saturday 10:30 - 16:00, entry is free.

Groups and Schools can book to visit Monday to Friday by appointment 10:30 - 16:00

Contact us on 01706 524 920 or email us at [email protected]

The museum will be closed on Wednesday 25th December, Thursday 26th December and Wednesday 1st January. All other opening times remain as normal during the Christmas period.

How to find us 

female sitting in a 1970s co-op delivery van

By car or coach - Leave the M62  at junction 20 for Rochdale. Take the A627 M link to A664 (Edinburgh Way) and turn right on Manchester Road.

Pass Rochdale Town Hall on the right and turn right at the traffic lights filter opposite the co-op van. Turn onto on Hunter's Lane and park in Rochdale Exchange Car Park on your right.

Toad Lane is opposite. There is limited on street parking.

Don't forget to use 31 Toad Lane in your Sat Nav instead of our postcode. 

Public transport options 

By Train  - From Leeds or Manchester, alight at Rochdale station and follow Drake Street into town to the river. Cross the concourse and walk up Yorkshire Street until you reach the Baum passage on the left (sign- posted for the museum). Cross the road and we are opposite St Mary’s in the Baum Church.

By Metrolink  - The East Didsbury to Rochdale line stops in Trafford, Manchester and Oldham before terminating in Rochdale at Smith Street. Cross the concourse on the right to Yorkshire Street to find the museum as above.

On foot! – Legend has it that the Pioneers walked to Manchester to buy their goods. You can do the same by following the towpath of the Rochdale Canal. It is 13.5 miles and takes around 4.5 hours to walk, half that to cycle!

When we are closed

Bank holidays, 25-26 December and 1 January.

We occasionally have to close for staff training or essential maintenance to take place.

When this happens, we will update our website and social media channels so please check before you travel.