Sheffield Industrial Museums are the showcase of Sheffield’s industrial story from early industrialisation to modern times, where ‘Made in Sheffield’ remains a mark of craftsmanship and quality known worldwide.

Discover how steelmaking forged the city of today and its impact on the modern world!

Our three unique heritage sites and museums across Sheffield reveal more about the growth of the steel city.

Kelham Island Museum’s interactive galleries tell the story of light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production. Catch a unique glimpse of life at home and at work at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, an 18th century scythe and steelworks or discover Shepherd Wheel, a unique example of Sheffield’s Knife grinding industry.

Enjoy a great family day out full of nostalgia and innovation!

Kelham Island Museum & Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Christmas Opening Times

Christmas Opening

Monday 17th Dec - Thursday 20th Dec: 10am-4pm each day
Sunday 23rd Dec: 11am-4.45pm
Closed Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th Dec

New Year Opening

Thursday 27th Dec - Saturday 30 Dec: 10am-4pm each day
Closed Monday 31st Dec - Wednesday 2nd Jan

Normal opening hours resume Wednesday 2nd January. 
Merry Christmas from Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust!

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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Opening times

Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 4.45pm
(Closed Friday)

Shepherd Wheel Workshop

Shepherd Wheel Workshop

Opening times

Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am to 4pm

Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum

Opening times

Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 4.45pm
(Closed Friday and Saturday)

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What we do


Our collections showcase Sheffield's industrial heritage, from early industrialisation to modern times.

Learning & Groups

Bring Learning to Life with exciting activities for all ages, from Adults and Groups to Schools and Families.

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SIMT aims to provide physical access and inclusive information and interpretation to enhance the experience of all our visitors

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with our museums and heritage sites as a volunteer, community partner or family!


The three tiered SIMT Membership Scheme offers admission to all three sites plus other exclusive benefits.

News & Updates

Museum Master

Since February History Master’s Student Alex Bonnington has been on a work placement at Kelham Island Museum. Alex has been finding out information about Yemeni Steelworkers that can be added to our exhibitions and activities. Here’s Alex’s account of his experience. more.

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