The Silk Museum reopens from 17th September -

Macclesfield’s Silk Museum on Park Lane is reopening on Thursday 17th September – and we can’t wait to see you again.

 The Museum will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (10am-4pm; last admission 3pm), for visitors who have pre-booked a free ticket online.

Whilst admission is free we would welcome a Give What You Can donation when you arrive; every £1 supports our work with children and families. To book a ticket and for more information about your safety, go to or if you aren’t able to book online, call 01625 612045.

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

Visitors will now 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.

John Varney, Chair of the Silk Heritage Trust, said: “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming back visitors to the Silk Museum and sharing our new stories and displays in the Red Room – as well as our incredibly popular Ancient Egyptian artefacts. The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority which is why we’ve decided to only allow small numbers in the museum every hour. However, we believe that this will give visitors a fantastic chance to really immerse themselves in our wonderful collection.”

The Museum Shop is open and stocked with many lovely new products; we accept both cash and debit/credit cards with contactless transactions up to £45. However, our café is currently closed.