Harrogate for health and happiness
Charles Dickens, one of Harrogate’s many famous spa visitors, described the town as “the queerest place with the strangest people leading the oddest lives of dancing, newspaper reading and dining”.
Decide if you agree with Dickens as you visit the home of the strongest sulphur water in Europe. See the treatment baths and machinery and discover the spa buildings and Edwardian entertainment venues that created this beautiful town. Find out the Russian royalty connections, and Agatha Christie’s personal mystery that captivated the nation in 1926.
Did you know that the Tour de France’s Grand Départ was held in Harrogate in 2014 and that the Cyclists Touring Club of Great Britain was founded here in 1878? To celebrate Harrogate’s long history of cycling enjoy our array of Victorian bicycles on display, along with an original bath chair and sedan chair for transporting infirm spa visitors.
The museum houses our internationally renowned collection of Egyptology, including a unique Anubis mask and a stunning mummy case. Discover how cutting edge science has revealed the dates, materials and contents or our Egyptian objects. Grab a lab coat and try some scientific investigations of your own using our discovery boxes of replica Egyptian objects.
Take a trip down the strongest sulphur well in Europe with museum staff every day at: 11am, 2pm and 3pm; Sundays at 3pm (subject to programming, please check on arrival).