The River and Rowing Museum

Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom


  • Mill Meadows
  • Henley-on-Thames
  • England
  • RG9 1BF
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

Monday-Sunday: 10am-5pm


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The River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on Thames , Oxfordshire, England, is located on a site at Mill Meadows by the River Thames. It has three main themes represented by major permanent galleries, the non-tidal River Thames, the international sport of rowing and the local town of Henley-on-Thames. 

The impetus for the museum largely came from Davis Lunn Rockliffe, formerly Executive Secretary of the Amateur Rowing Association. The building was designed by the modernist architect Sir David Chipperfield and has won awards for the building itself, including the Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year award in 1999. It was also UK National Heritage Museum of the Year in 1999. It was officially opened in November 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II.