Robert Owen 1771-1858
Robert Owen was born in Newtown in 1771. He is the father of the worldwide co-operative movement and pioneered free education and better working conditions for all. The museum celebrates Owen’s life and ideas in the town where he was born and died.
Find out how a saddler’s son from Newtown became a wealthy industrialist and went on to become one of the most famous social reformers and thinkers of his age. Learn how Owen improved the life of working people and how his ideas remain important.
How to find the Robert Owen Museum
The Robert Owen Museum is in the impressive timber framed building, opposite the Town Clock. The museum is on the ground floor. Ramps can be installed to enable wheelchair access. More accessibility information
Entry is free but donations are welcomed.
There are two car parks within easy walking distance. The museum is ten minutes walk from the railway station. Traws Cymru bus services serve Newtown well.
The museum is open from 11am to 3pm on Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Monday during the summer.
We can open the museum at other times, but this may incur a cost.
Our thanks go to the Co-operative Group Ltd for their sponsorship of our new website.
They say, “Robert Owen’s place in the co-operative movement is fundamental.”