Visit us

The Mental Health Museum welcomes all visitors and admission is free.

The museum is currently going through a change in staffing structure and as a result we have reduced administrative capacity and limited staffing availability.

Please see below for the change to our opening hours and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be kept updated with our plans.

If you are interested in booking a tour or making an appointment to see our curator, please phone 01924 316360 or email to check availability.

Many thanks,

The MHM team

Opening times

From 10 May we will be open by appointment only on Thursdays and Fridays. Please ring 01924 316285 to book an appointment to view the museum. We are sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to go back to our usual opening hours as soon as possible.

Getting here


Mental Health Museum,
Ouchthorpe Lane,

Visiting with children 

We love to see visitors of all ages, however if you are visiting us with small children, we would like to ask you to be aware that some of our displays may be confusing or perhaps upsetting to children if they aren’t explained. So we ask, that you be aware of the displays and be prepared to discuss them. We are always happy to help and support you with this, and we always offer paper and colouring pencils in case you have a budding artist or writer with you!


The museum is located at the heart of a working hospital site and as such car parking spaces are limited. However, there are regular buses to Fieldhead Hospital and Pinderfields Hospital from Wakefield city centre bus station.

Unfortunately, coaches cannot park on site but can drop visitors off outside the museum before parking off site. Mini-buses with 16 seats or under can park on site if they can be parked in a marked bay. Please contact the museum to discuss your visit if you wish to visit by coach or mini-bus.


We’ve put together a handy map to help guide you to the museum once you arrive at Fieldhead. Click here to download a map of Fieldhead with the museum highlighted.


We welcome visitors of all backgrounds and hope that our collections may be of interest and learning for all. We provide many of our written interpretations in large print and as hand-outs that you can take home, we provide green overlays for our written interpretation and have several audio stories as well as subtitled videos. We know that there is a lot more that we could do in the future to be more accessible to our visitors and if you find that you can’t enjoy your visit because we haven’t met your needs, please do let us know and we can explore how we can change that.

The museum entrance is fitted with an automatic wheelchair accessible door. We have a level access toilet and our displays are all on the ground floor. Many of our displays are interactive and can be touched and handled. We are working on producing written versions of spoken displays.

Guide dogs are welcome and wheelchairs are available for loan free of charge. We have car parking spaces available for users with ‘blue badges’.

If you need to make any arrangements for your visit, or would like to book a wheelchair, please contact us on 01924 328 654 or