The Museum at the New Room tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and eighteenth-century Methodism and its relevance today.
Opening from 11 August 2020
We are committed to ensuring that your museum visit is as enjoyable and safe as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back!
In order to manage social distancing around the Museum we are encouraging visitors to reserve a timed entry slot which can be paid for at our Welcome Desk on arrival. Visitors can arrive on the day without a booking, but priority will be given to those who have reserved a time slot. Please note that as of 8 August the government have made face coverings mandatory in all museums. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you (applies to all visitors aged 7 and over).
Explore 12 rooms which bring to life the work of early Methodism. During your visit you will discover what life was like in Georgian Bristol and how Methodism spread throughout Britain, America and across the rest of the world.
Discover how the New Room played a vital role in providing healthcare and education for those in need and how John Wesley took a stand against slavery. Discover the challenges faced by Wesley in his fight for social justice and be inspired to continue that work today.
We've introduced a one-way system in our Museum and will be offering alternative ways to access our interactive displays to help visitors stay socially-distanced. Click here to access the full Museum audio guide content to enjoy from your smartphone during your visit or from home.
Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm. Last entry 2.30pm.
Seniors (65+) £6
Children (5-16) £4
Children (under 5) Free
Carer of disabled visitor Free
1 adult and up to 3 children £10
2 adults and all children £15
Additional children - £2 per child
Tickets are valid for one year, and include a free audio guide.
Please note, these prices will be subject to review in 2021.
History of the Rooms
The museum is housed in the rooms that were originally constructed in 1748 to accommodate the Wesleys and the early Methodist preachers. As part of your visit you will see John Wesley’s study and bedroom, as well as the main parlour for the preachers.
Recent Visitor Comments
"Really excellent - I will be recommending it to friends"
"Not just informative but engaging and thought-provoking"
"It is quite simply the best introduction Methodism now has to offer to its eighteenth-century origins and impact and deserves to be made widely known within and beyond Methodism."
With special thanks to Bristol based design company Cod Steaks for their creative interpretation design of this museum which opened in July 2017. The audio guide has been produced in conjunction with the Bristol Young Vic.
Arts Council Accreditation Number: 2010