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  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday 10am - 5pm
  • Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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Some of the museums are currently running to Winter season opening times.  To find out more, visit the Opening Times page.

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Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum / About the Museum / Our History

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum is the first to explore the history of the Northumbrian pipes and showcase bagpipes from Scotland, Ireland, Spain and other countries around the world.

The Chantry was founded as a place for prayers to be said in memory of its donors.

Following that it was used as a school from the 1550s to 1846, a cholera hospital and a mineral water factory, before being restored and used as a museum and craft centre.

In the charming Chantry building, visitors to the Bagpipe Museum can:

  • Discover a unique piece of Northumberland’s heritage: the Northumbrian small pipes
  • Browse the displays of pipes and panels to learn how the local small pipes differ from the famous Highland war pipes
  • Experience the William Alfred Cocks’ collection of bagpipes, including: Ivory small pipes belonging to Robert Bewick (son of engraver Thomas Bewick), a miniature set made for Queen Mary’s dolls’ house,  set of pipes from the Jaocbite Rising and richly decorated French pipes from the court of French King Louis XIV