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From the 17th September, The Silk Museum is open again and we can’t wait to see you!

Open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10 – 4pm

Plan your visit, book your tickets and find out more here

We’ve made some changes to make your visit as safe as it can be.

Visitors will have to pre-book for hourly slots which start at 10am with each hour slot having capacity for up to six visitors. This means that there’ll be plenty of space to explore and enjoy the collections in our largest ground floor gallery – the Red Room.

Whilst we’ve been closed, we’ve been busy developing new displays focused on the history of silk in Macclesfield. The story of the rise and fall of the industry that shaped our town is told through the work and experiences of the people who powered it: mill owners, mill workers and even silk designers who trained in the Silk Museum building (the former Macclesfield School of Art & Design) all feature in the new display.

Our famous Ancient Egyptian collection will be on display once again. Come and find out about the lives of these fascinating people through the artefacts and inscriptions they left behind as you explore the oldest objects in our museums. Learn about the connection between silk and Egypt through the lives of Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth, the two Victorian explorers who gave their collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts to Macclesfield.

The Silk Shop is open too. Located within the Silk Museum, go in via our main museum entrance – we’re open 10-4pm Thursday-Saturday. No need to pre book shop entry.

Discover a beautifully curated range of quality gifts for your family and friends – and maybe a treat for yourself too!


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