The Museum will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (10am-4pm; last admission 3pm), for visitors who have pre-booked a free ticket online at or from Art Tickets.

Some changes have been made to make your visit as safe as it can be.

Visitors will have to pre-book for hourly slots which start at 10am with each hour slot having capacity for up to six visitors. This means that there’ll be plenty of space to explore and enjoy the collections in our largest ground floor gallery – the Red Room. 


Whilst closed, the team at the museum have been busy developing new displays focused on the history of silk in Macclesfield. The story of the rise and fall of the industry that shaped the town is told through the work and experiences of the people who powered it: mill owners, mill workers and even silk designers who trained in the Silk Museum building (the former Macclesfield School of Art & Design) all feature in the new display.

The famous Ancient Egyptian collection will be on display once again. Come and find out about the lives of these fascinating people through the artefacts and inscriptions they left behind as you explore the oldest objects in our museums. Learn about the connection between silk and Egypt through the lives of Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth, the two Victorian explorers who gave their collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts to Macclesfield.

John Varney, Chair of the Silk Heritage Trust, said: “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming back visitors to the Silk Museum and sharing our new stories and displays in the Red Room – as well as our incredibly popular Ancient Egyptian artefacts. The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority which is why we’ve decided to only allow small numbers in the museum every hour. However, we believe that this will give visitors a fantastic chance to really immerse themselves in our wonderful collection.”

The Museum Shop is open and stocked with many lovely new products; both cash and debit/credit cards are accepted, with contactless transactions up to £45. However, the café is currently closed.

Whilst admission is free, Give What You Can donations are welcomed when you arrive; every £1 supports the work with children and families. To book a ticket and for more information about your safety, go to or Art Tickets. If you aren’t able to book online, call 01625 612045.

The Silk Heritage Trust reserves the right to make changes to museum opening systems in line with current Government guidelines. We have received generous emergency funding to support our work and our reopening from: National Lottery Heritage Fund, Cheshire East Council and Arts Council England.  


The Silk Museum
The Silk Museum

*Reopening 17th September 2020* From cocoon to loom, find out how this old market town shot to global manufacturing fame at the Silk Museum and neighbouring Paradise Mill.



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