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River & Rowing Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The River & Rowing Museum, set by the river in picturesque Henley on Thames, brings the river, rowing and the arts to life in a series of stunning galleries and temporary exhibitions. The Museum, housed in stunning oak clad building designed by award winning architect David Chipperfield, is home to the UK's only gallery dedicated to the work of prolific British artist John Piper. Families are welcomed to the Museum, and the permanent Wind in the Willows walk through experience is enormously popular with visitors of all ages! Hosting an ever changing series of temporary exhibitions, there is always something new to see at the Museum and their annual pass tickets provide fantastic value for money.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We visited the museum almost a year ago and hope to visit in May 2018 again, when a friend from New Zealand will be visiting. With our visit we enjoyed all the exhibitions and took a nice walk along the river. Food at the restaurant was superb and hope to have the same experience again and not similar like some negative reviews just read. It's sad to know that service was not good and hope the restaurant will deal with the issues to ensure that staff can cope with what they need to do. See you in May half term!

Thank Christa v
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River B, Public Relations Manager at River & Rowing Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hi

Thank you for the feedback on your visit. Sounds like you had a lovely time! I will pass on your very kind comments about the cafe too!
See you again soon!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

I live in Henley and have visited the museum on many occasions. The museum is well worth a visit but avoid the café (March & April 2018). Its disorganised and food takes for ever. Clearly lacks management expertise, structure and process. The staff are visibly stressed by trying to cope but its NOT THEIR fault. The Museum needs to think carefully about its outsourcing as the café seriously degrades what should be an excellent visitor experience.

2  Thank Peter W
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River B, Public Relations Manager at River & Rowing Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hi

thank you for your feedback on the cafe, I will pass on your comments to the Manager.

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the museum and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Went here out the blue, been going Henley for years but never been here till this time, was a nice thing to look at while getting out the rain

Thank Perrycj
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River B, Public Relations Manager at River & Rowing Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

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Thank you for your review of the River and Rowing Museum! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

The museum has several interesting rowing exhibitions and a good area for children however we went specifically to see the temporary exhibition of Barbara Hepworth. The entrance price of £12.50 does cover visits for a year but we tend to only go once a year for specific art exhibitions and invariably have to pay again, the rowing part doesn't seem to vary much between visits. So, it felt like paying £12.50 to see Hepworth and it was really disappointing, a very small display of her work. I had recently seen a (free) Frink exhibition in Aylesbury which was excellent so maybe set my expectations too high. The Piper Gallery is good but again static so I had already spent some time there last year looking at that.

Thank ZkBrighton
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River B, Public Relations Manager at River & Rowing Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hi
Thank you for taking the time to review the River and Rowing Museum, we are always keen to receive visitor feedback on our exhibitions. The rowing collection has recently been refreshed with a fantastic display to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the BBC televisation of the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, additionally the Piper Collection Spotlight On section has been updated to focus on Piper's collaborative work with Benjamin Britten.
The Hepworth exhibition is part of our temporary exhibition programme and will be replaced by our Family Friendly Nick Sharratt exhibition this summer. However we will be installing another art exhibition in the Autumn.
Thank you again for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Interesting displays of Olympic and Boat Race rowing (including the first winning Oxford boat from 1829). Also a very good display of Barbara Hepworth sculptures, plus a very good Wind in the Willows walk through presentation. It would have been nice to have had a few more trophies and medals on display but, nevertheless, well worth a visit.

Thank timwells
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River B, Public Relations Manager at River & Rowing Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hi

Thank you for your lovely review of the River and Rowing Museum! It's incredible to think how far the Boat Race boats have developed from the one you saw from 1829.
I will pass on your comments regarding the display of more trophies and medals - we may well exhibit more in the future as the curatorial team are keen to rotate the objects from our permanent collection.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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