The museum is temporarily closed for the national lockdown.
The heart of the museum is its collection of magnificent steam pumping engines: the Cornish engines, which are in their original engine houses, and the rotative engines, which have been collected by the museum trust from pumping stations across the country.
Together the collection demonstrates the major developments in steam engine technology. In addition to these engines, the museum has also collected examples of diesel, electric, water and animal powered pumping engines and has on show a range of items associated with water.
Despite the serious engineering base, the museum is growing in popularity with families, with hands on water pumping activities and the fun Splash Zone to make learning about steam and water more user friendly to children.
The highlight has to be a ride on a steam engine, with 15 minute trips around the museum grounds on selected days. Check the museum’s website to see which days the locomotives are in operation. There’s always something special laid on during weekends and school holidays.
Please note that some of the museum exhibits may not be open at the moment, due to Covid-19 measures.
For prices see the museum website.