Theatre Museum Museums

Theatre Museum
Russell Street, Covent Garden
Greater London


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In 1974 the Theatre Museum was formed by combining the Enthoven and Beard Collections with the holdings of two external organisations. These were the British Theatre Museum Association, which collected and displayed theatre material from 1957 as a way of lobbying for a state-funded theatre museum, and Richard Buckle's Friends of the Museum of Performing Arts who purchased at auction in 1968 much Ballets Russes material for a projected performing arts museum.

The Theatre Museum exists to increase the enjoyment, understanding and study of the history, craft and practice of the performing arts in Britain through its collections, which are the largest of their type in the world. The Theatre Museum collects a wide range of documents, artefacts and works of art which record the history of the performing arts in Britain from the sixteenth century to the present.

The Museum's collections include over a million theatre programmes and playbills, the earliest dating from 1704. The size of the collections means that they cannot all be stored within the Museum building in Covent Garden. The collections are therefore currently split between two locations, the other one being in Kensington Olympia.

Entrance to Theatre Museum is FREE

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 - 18.00

Last admission 17.30

Closed Bank Holidays

Attraction Details

VenueTheatre Museum
AddressRussell Street, Covent Garden, London, Greater London, WC2E 7PR
Opening times10am - 6pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeMuseums


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