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

View of the current location of the Robert Owen Museum within the Sarah Brisco building shared with Newtown Town Council

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. Please retry if an error message is displayed, the second attempt usually works.


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.

Opening Times

Unfortunately the Robert Owen Museum is closed


“In line with the latest UK Government guidance, the Robert Owen Memorial Museum will be closed from Monday 23 March until further notice. Thank you for bearing with us at this difficult time.”


Co-op group support the Robert Owen Museum by giving money to enable this website to be built in 2019Our 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.”  

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