Robert Owen Museum, Newtown

Robert Owen Museum. Photograph courtesy of Robert Owen Museum

The Robert Owen Memorial Museum is the only museum specifically devoted to social reformer Robert Owen.

It is located on the ground floor of the Town Council building in the centre of Newtown, Wales. The Grade 2 listed building, of Arts and Crafts design was erected in 1902, in order to provide a Free Library and a meeting room. The Co-operative Union subscribed part of the cost, in memory of Owen.

The bulk of the collection was acquired in the 1920s, some seventy years after his death. Most of the items are from Robert Owen’s time and have a direct association with him.

Much of the collection consists of books and other printed material, most of which is not on display, but can be viewed by prior appointment. The Museum has 55 of Robert Owen’s letters, one of which is on display together with a transcript (his writing is almost illegible). This and other transcripts can be viewed on this web site.


The Museum is open throughout the year, except Christmas Week and Bank Holidays and admission is free. See the Museum’s website for more details.

The Museum is easily found, being on the ground floor of the Town Council building in the centre of Newtown, opposite the Town Clock.

There are two car parks within easy walking distance. It is ten minutes walk to the railway station. There is a two-hourly train service from Birmingham.
Other things to see in Newtown include Robert Owen’s Tomb and Statue, and the Textile Museum.

Groups are welcome, preferably with a few days notice. Groups of more than 30 people are advised to split to avoid congestion.

The Curator will gladly arrange to be on hand, or to give a short talk. They will allow researchers access to items not on display by prior appointment.

A Simple Quiz and a more difficult Quiz Sheet are available for school visits. Teachers are welcome to download them and make copies before their visit.

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