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Touchstones Rochdale


Touchstones Rochdale

The Esplanade
Rochdale OL16 1AQ
Tel: 01706 924492
Fax: 01706 924944

Museum Opening Hours:

Mon - Closed 
Tue – 10.00am-5.00pm 
Wed – 10.00am -5.00pm 
Thu – 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Fri – 10.00am-5.00pm 
Sat – 10.00am-5.00pm 
Sun – Closed

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All areas of the Museum and Art Gallery are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs


Touchstones Rochdale is the borough's exciting Arts and Heritage Centre which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012. Originally opened as a public library in 1884 with the addition of an art gallery in 1903, Touchstones Rochdale has something for everyone with a busy changing programme of exhibitions and events.

Touchstones Rochdale brings together:

Museum – find out all about Rochdale borough’s heritage from famous faces to the lives of ordinary people.

Art Gallery – see a wide variety of exhibitions in the four gallery spaces including those from the local community, selections from the   borough’s impressive art collection and work by contemporary artists.

Heritage Gallery – a space for themed exhibitions from the museum collections

Local Studies Centre – discover the past for yourself first hand through records, photographs and maps of Rochdale

Education Service – lively workshop programme for schools, families, young people and adults

Visitor Information Centre – find out more about local, regional and national attractions

Shop – a range of souvenirs, cards, local crafts, jewellery, books and pocket money gifts for children

Touchstones Rochdale particularly welcomes families and many of the exhibitions and displays involve hands-on elements for younger visitors.

For information on our Exhibitions and Events programme visit the main website:

Touchstones Rochdale