From its Construction...
...through its Heyday... its untimely Demise.
About the Crystal Palace

The history of the Crystal Palace is kept alive here at the museum and tells the story of both the Hyde Park and Sydenham Crystal Palaces. Housed in the only surviving building constructed by the Crystal Palace Company built around 1880 as a lecture room for the Crystal Palace Company’s School of Practical Engineering.
The Museum was opened on 17th June 1990 by the Duke of Devonshire after 11 years of campaigning by local enthusiasts. During this time exhibits were acquired, mostly through generous donations from members of the public, classified and catalogued.
The story of both palaces is told in a series of unique images supplemented by large scaled models of the Crystal Palace plus showcases displaying ceramics and other items associated with the Crystal Palace including remnants from the original building. Adjacent to the museum is the base of Brunel’s water tower.
The museum is an incorporated registered charity managed by a Board of Trustees. It is accredited by the Arts Council and is a member of AIM - The Association of Independent Museums.

Opening Times

Free Admission

Open Sundays Only

Summer Time: 11.00 - 16:00

Winter Time: 11.00 - 15:00

First Sunday of the Month
April to October
12 Midday

Visiting Us

Crystal Palace Museum
Anerley Hill
SE19 2BA


We do not have refreshment or toilet facilities, but they are available within a few minutes walk of the museum.

Unfortunately access to the Crystal Palace Museum is via a steep flight of stairs and is not suitable for wheelchair access.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours resume in 2019
12 noon, first Sunday of the month,
April - October - £5 (£4 concession)

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Secret Crystal Palace
Guided Walk In Aid Of Sightsavers
led by Andela Ransley

07th October 2018 - Adult £15, Child £10, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £45

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Engineering Behind the Palace
Illustrated Talk


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School Visits

Weekday school visits are always welcome at the Crystal Palace Museum.

The Museum can accommodate up to 35 children per visit. The visit lasts up to one hour with a talk by the museum director and includes the opportunity for pupils to ask questions followed by time for individual study of the Museum’s collection.

With prior notice the format of the visit can be adjusted to a teacher’s requirements.

There is a charge for weekday visits to the museum – please contact us for details.