Cannock Chase Council

Museums and galleries

Welcome to the Museum of Cannock Chase

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PLEASE NOTE: The Museum of Cannock Chase is now managed by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust. Latest information about the museum is held on their website at

The Museum of Cannock Chase tells the fascinating story of Cannock Chase, from its industrial beginnings, to its military role, famous local citizens, social history, domestic life and wildlife.

The museum site was once home to the Valley Colliery, the training pit for thousands of young men beginning their working lives in the local coal industry. The pit has gone and in its place are over 30 acres of green space on the edge of Cannock Chase, at the gateway to the Hednesford Hills Nature Reserve. Today the hills form one of the last remaining areas of heathland in Britain.

General Admission is FREE.

It's a great day out for everyone...

    Cannock Chase Gallery
    Interactive Toys & Games Gallery
    1940s Room
    Miners Cottage Gallery
    Coal Mining Gallery with crawl through tunnel!
    Coffee Shop selling cakes, hot & cold drinks, ice creams and snacks.
    Visitor Information Point
    Gift Shop with a great range of gifts, pocket money toys, jewellery and souvenirs
    Excellent range of local history books
    Local Walks on the beautiful Hednesford Hills and Cannock Chase
    Quizzes to amuse the kids!

Throughout the year we run a packed programme of family events and children's workshops. We also run an award-winning education service and have an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions.

Want to find out more? Then please follow the links at the foot of this page...

Opening Times

We are open on all bank holidays throughout the summer season.

From Easter Saturday until the end of September
Daily 11am - 5pm (last admission 4:30pm)

January until Good Friday
Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm (last admission 3:30pm)

October 1st - Christmas closing
Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm (last admission 3:30pm)

The museum is closed for 2 weeks at Christmas and New Year. Please call for this year's dates or see our Opening Times page for more information.

For information to help plan your visit, please visit our Visitor Information Page.

Museum of Cannock Chase
Valley Road
WS12 1TD

Telephone: 01543 877666


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