River & Rowing Museum

River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames: Hours, Address, River & Rowing Museum Reviews: 4/5

River & Rowing Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The River & Rowing Museum, set by the river in picturesque Henley on Thames, brings the river, rowing and the arts to life in a series of stunning galleries and temporary exhibitions. The Museum, housed in stunning oak clad building designed by award winning architect David Chipperfield, is home to the UK's only gallery dedicated to the work of prolific British artist John Piper. Families are welcomed to the Museum, and the permanent Wind in the Willows walk through experience is enormously popular with visitors of all ages! Hosting an ever changing series of temporary exhibitions, there is always something new to see at the Museum and their annual pass tickets provide fantastic value for money.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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429Happy
Chichester, UK3,323 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
What an amazing museum everything you want to see and learn about water and it’s affect on humans and wildlife. However, the best bit was the wonderful journey walking thru the imagination of The Wind and the Willows created by Kenneth Graham
Written August 15, 2021
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pandtReading
reading218 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
An interesting gallery that presents a history of rowing, river information and history of Henley. There is a wind in the willows exhibition that needed interpretations.
The food and service in the cafe was lovely and there was an unhurried atmospgmhere.
We went with grandchildren age 5 and 7.
Well worth supporting and lots to see for 3 hours.
Written August 7, 2021
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GillyWiggs52
Rochford, UK39 contributions
Jul 2021
Some exhibits disabled. I enjoyed the Wind in the Willows exhibition and the old artefacts with the boats.
Written July 19, 2021
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Stewart&Rosemary
Buckinghamshire ENGLAND49 contributions
Jul 2021
Oh dear.We did go regularly before the pandemic so finally went today 16th July.We are pensioners .Got there for coffee and cake then went for a walk and back for lunch.It was as good as last time.But what I found disappointing was to be charged parking after spending over £30 in the restaurant and shop.Nobody or signage mentioned parking charges brought in over the pandemic.At 1 o’clock three tables were in use.Now I understand why.Sainsbury gives you back parking.Good luck to the new policy which I think is short sighted.We won’t go back and by the looks of it nobody else is also.
Written July 16, 2021
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Lyneve
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Grandchildren used to love this museum but arrived 3.30 Friday (my mistake) to be told it shut at 4 pm and no refund .Ran through toad of toad hall exhibition -grabbed small toy for child ~ and left ~but not before paying for an hours car parking ! No receipt issued and disabled not free . Advise blue badge holders to park in front facing river where it is free .Seems to be staffed by volunteers.One young girl very rude when I complained about greedy ,money grabbing , rip off place it has become ,and grinning ,she waved rudely as if to say clear off pensioner we’re closed .Not a nice place to go anymore and used to pay for annual membership ! Sad .
Written July 10, 2021
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Fuggysmate
1 contribution
May 2021
Exhibits very tired especially wind in the willows - Elmer not sure what this is about. Other exhibits not lit well so could not view what was in the display case. Cafe expensive for a burnt omelette New have to pay to park is a rip off
Written May 28, 2021
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Steve H
5 contributions
Feb 2020
I visited the River and Rowing Museum at the weekend with my wife and two children, aged 7 and 4. I wanted to say what a very enjoyable day we had!
The 'Wind in the Willows' exhibit is fantastic! So creative and well done, absolutely enchanting! The children were entranced by it, it was a delight to watch them play in the caravan and look through the various little windows into the magical world you've created. It is so in keeping with the classic artwork of the book, a detail often lost in modern interpretations of classic children's books. We looked through the gallery three times in total!
The curators have really struck a great balance in the museum. Nothing feels 'dumbed down' to make it only child friendly, there is great scope to come back many times as the children develop.
Being able to sit in the Trireme was a thrill for my children. Then to have a pull on the Ergo, it really made them feel the part - and gave me a chance to do my first bit of rowing coaching for both of my children!
I haven't mentioned how thrilling it is to be so close to such historically important river craft that you look after and in some cases to see film of them being used in anger. In short, there is far too much to recommend!
I would urge anyone to visit, even if they only had a passing interest in things river based. But for a keen lover of our wonderful river and boating, it is a treat we will remember and come back too again. It is a great museum that's just about perfect!
Written March 2, 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review Steve. We're so thrilled that you all got so much from your day at the Museum. We have some wonderful temporary exhibitions coming up, which the whole family will love, such as Elmer & Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee, as well as our Family Fun Day in April - Birds of Prey. We look forward to welcoming you and your family again soon.
Written March 4, 2020
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gareth
2 contributions
Feb 2020
There are plenty of things to see and do here - from enchanting children's displays to authoritative collections of rowing memorabilia, Thames history and a fascinating display of John Piper's work, and of Gertrude Hermes too, when I was here (the former permanent, the latter temporary).
What a shame the place has set eye-watering admission prices, and frankly outrageous catering prices. This, sadly, is not a place to bring children unless you have very deep pockets indeed. £6.50 for a single-plate, meagre child's lunch is simply unjustified. Oh, and by the way, the pompously-menued cafe was stuffed with smug fellow visitors hogging tables long before and after they ate. Be prepared to sit on a stool or not at all. Cafe service was glacial - a 12-minute queue that moved forward imperceptibly, to order food that took half an hour to arrive. Lots of earnest-looking young workers in the cafe, but none of them seeming to be doing much useful.
No, it's a nice museum but, I'm sorry, I won't be back. It's just not worth it.
Written February 22, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you are not happy with the ticket pricing, the previous ticket pricing had been under review for some time, as it was not sustainable in the long term. The new prices continue to represent excellent value for money, with unlimited admission for annual pass holders over a 12 month period. We regret that your visit to the Café didn't meet your expectations. It was busier than normal due to the increased half term traffic and, of course, the weather meant that people stayed inside for longer. In terms of pricing, the Café's offering is in line with other local eateries. However, we appreciate your comments and will endeavour to take them on board.
Written February 24, 2020
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E005
London, UK9 contributions
Dec 2019
We were disappointed to find out that the annual tickets have more than doubled in price. The RRM offers a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and the cafe is nice too, however, at the newly inflated prices it no longer offers value so sadly, we won’t be renewing our passes. Day tickets are now available which is good but again, overpriced. For those prices I’d look to visit somewhere that you could make a day of it.
It’s a shame as the RRM always offered a reasonable wet weather option and the staff are friendly, an increase of 50% would have been tolerable but this just seems greedy.
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you are not happy with the new ticket pricing. We are aiming to make the museum more accessible, opening ourselves up to those looking for a lower cost option for admission, and who plan only to visit once, hence the introduction of the Day Ticket. The Annual Pass has been under-priced for some time, and this is not sustainable in the long term. The new prices continue to represent excellent value for money, with unlimited admission for annual pass holders over a 12month period. We are non profit making and, as a registered charity, our admissions income is vital to allow us to continue to deliver our programme of activity, maintain the building, collections and install our temporary exhibitions and displays.
Written January 30, 2020
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Therandomeater
Wokingham, UK4 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
We stopped in after a sunny walk for a late lunch in the hiatus between Christmas and the New Year. This little cafe never disappoints. My partner and his mum both had the Henley Hash. Simple but very tasty and the chorizo packs a delightful punch in this easy to eat brunch dish. I had the carrot red pepper and thyme soup with sourdough. An unusual combo that worked well.
The choice of beer on offer from local Marlow Brewery went perfectly with our meals but we also had a fresh pot of tea. All tastes catered for.

The selection of cakes is always excellent here.

What makes this cafe special is the use of good simple ingredients cleverly put together. Whoever is in charge of menus does an excellent job of a repertoire of healthy delicious snacks with a twist. And the prices are reasonable too.

We’ll be back!
Written December 29, 2019
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Thank you very much for your lovely review of the Café at the Museum. We hope to welcome you again soon for another impossible decision on what cake to choose!
Written January 6, 2020
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River & Rowing Museum is open:
  • Sun - Mon 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM