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Touchstones Rochdale offers a wide variety of exhibitions in the Heritage Gallery and the Art Gallery's four gallery spaces including those from the local community, selections from the borough's impressive art collection and work by contemporary artists.

As well as our changing exhibitions spaces, we have a permanent museum at Touchstones which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale.

The Museum is ideally suited to visitors with an interest in the history of Rochdale or families. There are interactive exhibits, films, audios and objects from the borough’s Collection on display.

Access: Touchstones Rochdale is fully accessible for people using wheelchairs. There are three designated parking bays for blue badge holders outside the venue.

Here you will find the current and forthcoming programme. Follow this link to Events at Touchstones.

Opening times:

Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm

Art Cafe 10am-4pm

FREE Admission


Contact Information

Main Reception: 01706 924492

Visitor Information Centre: 01706 924928

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10 February – 5 September 2020   The Natural History Museum’s famous dinosaur, Dippy, has left the museum for the first time to go on a tour of the UK, and Rochdale has been selected as one of just eight venues which will host him during the tour.   Visitors to Rochdale, Dippy’s only North West stop, can enjoy two dinosaur adventures as part of their visi ...

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21 December - 10 September 2020   Special Display: L.S. Lowry   Museum “Learning from the past, from people like the Rochdale Pioneers, helps to inform our future. L.S. Lowry pictured the proud industrial heritage of the north. The Co-op are pleased to lend these two pictures to Touchstones, not only to celebrate our 175th year, but also to help inspire us all to reimagine how co-ope ...

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At Heywood Sports Village                                                                                              Take a peek at some of the amazing Natural History objects that form part of our museum collection. Wonder at the variety of objects, from bird eggs to fossils and shells and taxidermy and botanic ...

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At Middleton Arena                                                                                                    Linked with the commemoration of Peterloo this display looks back at Rochdale borough’s proud liberal heritage, celebrating the individuals and societies who have fought for social and political c ...

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Ongoing Exhibition, Museum                      As well as our changing exhibition spaces, we have a dedicated permanent museum which tells the story of the history of Rochdale in a fun and informative way.  The museum is ideally suited to families and people with an interest in the history of Rochdale. There are interactive displays, hands on exhibit ...

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