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A 'hands on' museum for all the family. Full of fun activities, fascinating facts and a chance to share some cherished memories! Come and discover the borough of Rochdale's unique past and, perhaps, help shape its future

Uncover the story of a landscape shaped by glaciers, rivers, the weather, and above all, by people. From Stone Age settlers clearing the forests to sprawling mill-towns, with their roads, canals and railways.

Experience the everyday lives of those who made this area their home. From birth to death. At work, at play, at home. In peacetime and at war.

Meet the people who found fame. Learn more about our historic buildings and events. Hear the myths and legends the town has inspired.

Rochdale's Collections

As well as our changing exhibition spaces, we have a dedicated permanent museum which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale in a fun and friendly way.

The museum is ideally suited to families and people with an interest in the history of Rochdale. There are interactive displays, hands on exhibits, films, audio and a wide range of objects from the Borough’s collection on display.


Touchstones Rochdale has a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and are always looking for people to come and help out.

Opportunities include working in our gallery spaces to welcome visitors in the spaces; helping our education team prepare handling boxes, supporting our programme team to run events and many more opportunities. For those looking to volunteer with a background and qualification working in the Heritage Sector, we do have a placement scheme available in the Arts & Heritage Resource Centre. For more information, please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm, Art Cafe: CLOSED. Please check during holiday periods.

FREE admission. Pre booked visits only - BOOK HERE

Contact Information

Main Reception: 01706 924492.   Visitor Information Centre: 01706 924928.   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ

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