Milton Keynes is a hidden cultural gem!
If we hear the accusation that Milton Keynes doesn’t have any culture or that it’s too young to have any history…we may well just scream! It’s one of the biggest myths around MK and one that we whole-heartedly disagree with. You don’t even have to look very far to find five museums, a state-of-the-art gallery, one of the most popular theatres outside the West End and so much public art you practically bump into a sculpture around every corner.
So, what tickles your fancy in the cultural oasis that is Milton Keynes…
Bletchley Park, home of the codebreakers (Visit website)
The Silverstone Interactive Museum (Visit website)
Milton Keynes Museum (Visit website)
The National Museum of Computing (Visit website)
The Cowper & Newton Museum (Visit website)
Milton Keynes Theatre showcases the best West End and touring productions from across the UK. Offering a wide and varied programme including first class dance, drama, musicals, opera, comedy and children’s shows. Consistently being one of the most popular theatres in the UK, it attracts the biggest and best of the West End and touring productions, including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and War Horse. Their schedule of shows for this year and going into next is nothing short of spectacular!
Live music is an important part of any town or city's cultural identity, and Milton Keynes has plenty to discover here are a selection of some of our favourites:
The Stables (See website)
MK11 (See website)
The Craufurd Arms (See website)
So much public art:
Most people don’t realise there are over 230 pieces of public art across Milton Keynes and this number is being added to all the time.
They include elaborate sculptures, art installations and, of course, the City's very famous Concrete Cows!
There are several pieces located in Central Milton Keynes - including three right here in Midsummer Place! - plus more in Campbell Park but there are many more in the other Milton Keynes parks and alongside the city's network of Redways.
More than just a gallery:
The all new, redeveloped MK Gallery opened in March 2019 and since then it has proved so much more than just a gallery. Yes, it brings world-class exhibitions to Milton Keynes, but did you know it also runs a cinema from its Sky Room, has live music and comedy nights, offers a family and learning programme to explore the artistic world and has a really good café.
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