Heath Robinson Museum

Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner: Hours, Address, Heath Robinson Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Heath Robinson Museum
4.5
Art Galleries • Art Museums
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am-4pm this stylish purpose-built museum dedicated to the life and work of William Heath Robinson has become a focal point in Pinner's beautiful Memorial Park. Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was a renowned landscape artist, cartoonist, illustrator and social historian. Much loved as the "Gadget King" for his pictures of complex contraptions designed to achieve the simplest of outcomes, his work retains huge resonance with our modern world. With a rolling programme of themed Special Exhibitions complementing the main Heath Robinson Gallery, this beautifully-curated small museum is a must-see for all ages. A short walk from Pinner Tube (Met Line) with ample parking, make it a day out: enjoy the park with its tree-lined walkways, secure well-equipped children's play area, have a coffee overlooking the lake and visit shops, cafes and restaurants in Pinner's village and historic High Street . Changing temporary exhibitions run for three months.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Susan S
Stoke Mandeville, UK163 contributions
Could be so much more
Oct 2020 • Family
I hate leaving a negative review of such a niche museum, but it could be so much more.
It represents a man who was so clever and amusing and yet the museum really lacks creativity.
I understand that two items were out of use due to covid, but even so.
I tend to spend many hours in museums but try as I might this was finished in under an hour.
I just feel it doesn't pay sufficient testament to Heath Robinson
Written October 25, 2020
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Philip M
London, UK759 contributions
Lovely little art gallery/museum
Oct 2020 • Couples
I have been fascinated, since childhood, by the illustrations and cartoons of William Heath Robinson, especially his over elaborate machines for doing the simplest of tasks. The term "Heath Robinson" is still in my vocabulary to describe something randomly put together. So to discover that there was a museum dedicated to William Heath Robinson was quite exciting!
This wonderful museum is only small, with three gallery rooms and a shop. Two of the rooms are dedicated to the work and illustrations of Heath Robinson and the third, when we visited, had a special temporary exhibition on another London 20th century illustrator, Charles Keeping.
This is a modern little museum set in set in a park with cafe, lake and children's play area.
The exhibits were well presented in the galleries with plenty of useful and informative display notes. I learnt a lot from my visit. For instance, I had not realised that Heath Robinson did many other types of illustration besides his cartoons, I learnt that he illustrated the "Water Babies", a book I had in childhood. Also his World War 1 propaganda cartoons were poignant.
The staff were very welcoming, knowledgeable and helpful. This museum is well worth a visit (one hour is all that is needed).
Written October 23, 2020
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hilary d
London, UK385 contributions
Heath Robinson museum 24.9.20
Sep 2020
Another post lockdown visit to a different museum(we might be heading for another,so trying to get out while I can!although it took me longer to get there than I was in the museum,it was still worth the trip!its a lovely collection and the staff were really helpful and friendly.sat in the park to eat my lunch before the rain came!bye bye summer!
Written September 24, 2020
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TrelvisGresley
Royston, UK7 contributions
Will make you smile
Sep 2020
Very pleasant museum with something for everyone, whether you are familiar with W. Heath Robinson or new to his work. Set in the green of Pinner Memorial Park, well worth a visit.
Written September 18, 2020
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Stephen J M
London, UK5 contributions
Charles Keeping Londoner & Illustrator
Mar 2020 • Friends
Lovely small exhibition space set in parkland. I have known Charles Keeping and his family for many years and this exhibition brought back happy memories for me.
This is a series of pictures that will be enjoyed by all age groups, wonderful illustrations, sometimes dark, sometimes joyful, but all quite amazing! and I urge you to visit.
Written March 13, 2020
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Caroline S
Ramsbottom, UK421 contributions
Well worth a visit
Nov 2019
This was a great little museum located in the middle of a park in Pinner and was good fun to look round. Not just informative but very amusing and interractive. Lots of bits and pieces and books etc to buy from the museum shop. Definitely worth a visit.
Written December 30, 2019
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TheTrueOofy
London15 contributions
Fascinating look at one of the funniest of all illustrators
Oct 2019
A life-long fan of W Heath Robinson's work, I found this museum a real treat. In a modern building in a beautiful park, manned by knowledgeable and charming volunteers, it's modest in scope yet gives a comprehensive look at the life of one of the funniest of all British illustrators, a man who was also capable of more serious work of the highest quality. The permanent and temporary exhibits made me hungry for more, to the benefit of the shop! Well worth a trip if you know anything about Heath Robinson or are interested in learning about him.
Written October 15, 2019
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Stella-Dot
Leigh-on Sea, UK694 contributions
A pleasant surprise to find in the park!
Aug 2019
There was a guide on hand who was most informative and interesting. Even though I am not an engineer or draughtsman, I do enjoy art, and thus this museum was well worth taking the time in which to spend an hour. The Shakespearean connection was fascinating. I need to allow more time if I am in the area again. There is a permanent museum and also exhibitions which are installed for set periods of the year.
Written August 18, 2019
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bettsyHarrow
Harrow, UK71 contributions
Really interesting
Jul 2019 • Solo
I went this afternoon to the Heath Robinson museum in Pinner. I’ve been meaning to go for ages but it’s only open some of the week.it was much more interesting than I thought it would be. I hadn’t realized how many illustrations I had seen in books were his work.
The museum is set in the beautiful park in
pinner that I don’t remember being in since I was a child.Even though I’ve lived nearby all of my life. Park is gorgeous although not large and delightful little Cafe obviously very popular.
Both well worth a visit
Written July 20, 2019
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Ed P
London, UK52 contributions
Intriguing museum in a delightful park
May 2019 • Friends
Though small, this intriguing museum highlights Heath Robinson’s versatility as both a draughtsman and a painter. His many works range from drawings of impossible machines to paintings inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.

A very helpful and informative guide mentioned among other things that he didn’t invent any impossible machines but only drew them. She also showed us a photo of his house in Pinner.

There’s a gift shop, with material including HR’s humorous books, and in the park outside there is a spacious café. The park itself is a delight. Its features include a lake, complete with swans, and – most surprisingly – a truly stupendous pine grove.
Written June 21, 2019
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Heath Robinson Museum is open:
  • Thu - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM