Our History

Housed in Melton's former Carnegie Library, the Museum opened in 1977. The galleries are on the ground floor, with collections from the Bronze Age to the Present Day on display. There is a small archive, a large room available to hire and a Changing Place toilet.

Painting the Town Red

It is said that in 1837 the Marquis of Waterford and a group of friends ran riot in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray, painting the town's toll-bar and several buildings red.

Melton Museum celebrates the telling of this historic story in its 'Painting the Town Red' gallery.

Museum Collection


Melton Carnegie Museum tells the story of Melton through varied and fascinating collections about shops and trades, rural life, the history of foxhunting, archaeology and painting the town red.