Crystal Palace Museum

Crystal Palace Museum The history of the Crystal Palace is kept alive here at the museum and tells the story of both the Hyde Park and Sydenham Crystal Palaces.
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The history of the Crystal Palace is kept alive here at the museum and tells the story of both the Hyde Park and Sydenham Crystal Palaces. Housed in the only surviving building constructed by the Crystal Palace Company built around 1880 as a lecture room for the Crystal Palace Company’s School of Practical Engineering. The story of both palaces is told in a series of unique images supplemented by large scaled models of the Crystal Palace plus showcases displaying ceramics and other items associated with the Crystal Palace including remnants from the original building. Adjacent to the museum is the base of Brunel’s water tower.

22/12/2019

Today is the last day this year the museum will be open! We will open again in the new year on the 5th January! See you there!

15/06/2018

The museum will be open on Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th June due to the Crystal Palace Festival. All welcome!

Thank you, everyone, who came for our talk about Blondin this week. We hope you enjoyed it!
15/06/2018

Thank you, everyone, who came for our talk about Blondin this week. We hope you enjoyed it!

The Great Exhibition of 1851 Talk yesterday went exceptionally well and thank you everyone who managed to make it at thi...
02/03/2018

The Great Exhibition of 1851 Talk yesterday went exceptionally well and thank you everyone who managed to make it at this unwelcoming weather.

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02/12/2017

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06/11/2017

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Come and join us for a Crystal Palace Museum walking tour on Sunday 7th of May at 12 noon.It is a wonderful atmosphere t...
30/04/2017

Come and join us for a Crystal Palace Museum walking tour on Sunday 7th of May at 12 noon.

It is a wonderful atmosphere to learn all about the great Crystal Palace whilst walking by the remaining terrace walls and among the iconic sphinxes.

Tickets available on the day, at the museum (£3.50 Adult; £2.50 Concessions).

How big was the Crystal Palace? Photographs from that time show the palace dominating the background above the roofs of ...
10/04/2017

How big was the Crystal Palace? Photographs from that time show the palace dominating the background above the roofs of houses. Of course, the building occupied a higher ground, but the Crystal Palace was massive. The nave was 1,608 feet long and 312 feet wide, a football pitch is roughly 330 feet long. The nave was 136 feet high and the top of the centre transept was 201 feet high, about six storeys high. If compared the RMS Titanic, another famous piece of British engineering, she was 882 feet long, with a maximum breadth of 92 feet and 102 feet high. The Crystal Palace could have enclosed six Titanics. Instead, it accommodated 4,000 seats music hall, a monster organ, large trees, historic courts, colossal statues and it was home for a hippopotamus.
These pictures of a scale model, that is part of our collection, show a section next to the main transept. If you look carefully, you can see two little Victorian men in top hats enjoying a conversation.

Enjoy Writing? Interested in Digital Media? Intrigued by our Local History?Come to the free creative writing workshop at...
02/04/2017
StoryPlaces

Enjoy Writing? Interested in Digital Media?
Intrigued by our Local History?
Come to the free creative writing workshop at Upper Norwood Library Hub 22nd April 2017 and create your own location-aware story. The StoryPlaces team from the University of Southampton is working on an interdisciplinary research project to explore the poetics of location-based
storytelling.

For more information please visit
http://storyplaces.soton.ac.uk/

This Thursday, 16th March, the Norwood Society's latest Local History Talk takes the life of the great Victorian enginee...
13/03/2017

This Thursday, 16th March, the Norwood Society's latest Local History Talk takes the life of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel as its subject, including his work on the water towers at the Crystal Palace: https://www.norwoodsociety.co.uk/events.html Graham Harker is the speaker, the talk starts at 7.30pm at the Upper Norwood Library. It's free, but a donation is welcome. Do arrive early as these talks get very popular! Richard Watkins

Legend has it that the night the Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire, witnesses saw melted glass coming down Anerley Hi...
25/02/2017

Legend has it that the night the Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire, witnesses saw melted glass coming down Anerley Hill. It was coming faster than lava and people ran for cover. Had it been true, this was unnecessary really. What people saw was likely water from the towers.
Depending on the components, glass liquefies between 1.400 to 1.600 degrees Celsius and the fire probably did not get that hot. It was hot enough to soften the windowpanes and when the iron structure collapsed, with all the wood burning inside the building, glass and carbon combined, resulting in rock-like residues that were found on the site years after and are now part of the Crystal Palace Museum collection.

Moving the Crystal Palace from Hyde Park to Sydenham was difficult, expensive and risky. Due to the huge success of the ...
31/01/2017

Moving the Crystal Palace from Hyde Park to Sydenham was difficult, expensive and risky. Due to the huge success of the 1851 Exhibition, Joseph Paxton was able to raise money to build a new palace that would be colossal, grandiose and everlasting...
In 1852 all materials, among 15 million bricks and tonnes of iron and glass, needed to be horse drawn from central London to Penge Common, back then a wood-like sloped terrain. Within two years the palace was completed, and the woodland had turned into a fantastic garden with fountains and paths. One hundred and sixty-three years later, the remains of the Italian Terrace is all that is left.
It is still very impressive. It takes the best part of 15 minutes to stroll from one end to the other, and if you are there already, and if you are curious about the rest of the story, please, pay us a visit.

19/12/2016

Museum closed from 11th December, reopening 22nd January 2017

Crystal Palace Museum
08/12/2016

Crystal Palace Museum

Aniversary Walk
08/12/2016

Aniversary Walk

Timeline Photos
08/11/2016

Timeline Photos

For more than eighty years, two-dozen statues stood on the Crystal Palace terraces. They represented mythological deitie...
22/10/2016

For more than eighty years, two-dozen statues stood on the Crystal Palace terraces. They represented mythological deities as well as the nations of the British Empire and the world. After the fire, and up to the 50’s it was still possible to find what was left of the row of statues. They were partially abandoned and outgrown by vegetation, strolling on the remains of the terraces gave then the impression of crossing an abandoned city from the Classical antiquity. By late 20th century, almost all of the statues were gone. This Ottoman traveller is one of the survivors still standing on the original site.

Walk through time. Visit the Crystal Palace Museum and learn more about its fascinating history.

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12/10/2016

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Crystal Palace Museum
12/10/2016

Crystal Palace Museum

Crystal Palace Museum
12/10/2016

Crystal Palace Museum

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Anerley Hill
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SE19 2BA

Opening Hours

Sunday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

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