Welcome to the Crystal Palace Museum!

The history of the Crystal Palace is kept alive in the Crystal Palace Museum which tells the story of the Hyde Park and Sydenham Crystal Palaces with photographs and displays of original documents and ceramics. Housed in the only surviving building constructed by the Crystal Palace Company – it was built circa 1880 as a lecture room for the Crystal Palace Company’s School of Practical Engineering. Around the walls the story of the museum is told from inception to inferno and beyond whilst display cabinets ( Victorian showcases gifted to us by the V&A) contain china, glass and other artefacts.

The museum is run by volunteers and is open on weekends between 11am-3pm (11am-4pm BST).  The museum is free to visit but donations are welcome. It is run by a dedicated team who are happy to tell you all you want to know. So come and join the 8,000 or so people who visit every year! Visit our brief history page to find out more about the Crystal Palace and our find us page to help plan your journey.

Your Visit

The Crystal Palace Museum trustees have done their utmost to provide an informative and pleasant experience for visitors. On arrival you can expect:

  • A warm reception from the Crystal Palace Museum volunteers
  • Amazing photos of the Crystal Palace in its prime and demise
  • The story of the Crystal Palace and the museum
  • Display cabinets of  china, glass and other artefacts
  • A few remains of the Crystal Palace located just outside the museum
  • An interesting local area to discover

The average visit lasts about 1 hour, where you will discover the full history of the Crystal Palace from its spectacular beginning to its unfortunate end. We hope that you enjoy your visit and appreciate any feedback that you may have about the museum. Further , on the first Sunday of each summer month, at 12 noon, the museum runs guided tours of the site of the Crystal Palace (fee payable). The next date is to be confirmed.