Explore Barnsley museum welcomes 40,000th visitor

Lyndsey Woodger, with her son Nathan and Councillor Roy Miller.
Lyndsey Woodger, with her son Nathan and Councillor Roy Miller.
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South Yorkshire’s newest museum has welcomed the 40,000th visitor through its doors since it opened at the end of June.

Experience Barnsley, inside Barnsley Town Hall, opened only on June 27 but has already been visited by more than 40,000 people.

Lyndsey Woodger, who visited the museum with her two-year-old son Nathan, was presented with a certificate entitling her to a meal for two at the Experience Barnsley café, a £10 voucher for the visitor centre, and a goody bag when the milestone number of visitors was reached.

Lyndsey said: “This is a return visit for us - I just thought I’d pop in as I was in town picking Nathan up from nursery.”

The number of people visiting the museum has exceeded expectations, with the original target set at getting 10,000 people through the doors per month.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson, development, environment and culture for Barnsley Council, said: “It doesn’t surprise me that we’ve now welcomed 40,000 visitors to Experience Barnsley. There’s so much to see, and the stories that are told inside appeal to everyone, regardless of age or background.

“It’s a real gem at the heart of Barnsley town centre in such an iconic building, and something I know that many people in Barnsley are proud to be a part of.

“Coupled with the beautiful gardens and fountains outside in the Barnsley Pals Centenary Square, it’s a wonderful visitor experience.”