Home to a fascinating range of nationally important collections
Derby Museum can trace it’s roots right back to 1836. However, then it was a private concern funded by it’s society members. It has relocated several times since. It wasn’t until 1879 that it became open to the general public. Meanwhile, an ever increasing accumulation of collections meant that for a few years some of the collections had to be put into storage. The Art Gallery opened in 1882 and in 1883 the museum had electricity supplied for new lighting. There was an extension added which was completed in 1964 and refurbishments have since taken place in 2010-11.
Currently,the museum is comprised of the City Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and The Silk Mill. Also, it’s managed by Derby Museums, which is a registered charitable trust.
The museum and Art Gallery has many paintings and artifacts on display with local and international significance.
You can visit our exquisite collection of Joseph Wright paintings. March through our Soldier’s Story exhibition to see the range of weaponry and objects, both military and personal. Pop on your adventure hat and explore historic artefacts from thousands of years ago, within our Archaeology Gallery. To take a 360° tour of our galleries please click here. These are longstanding displays.
However, there also temporary displays which are regularly updated, so there’s always something new to see.
You’ll also find regular events held at the museum and you can visit their website for find more details.
Once you’ve satisfied your inner explorer, relax and unwind in The Coffee House with locally sourced cake and coffee, surrounded by a collection of historical porcelain. There is also a newly refurbished shop of unique souvenirs and art materials to browse at your own leisure. Start planning your visit now!
Derby Museum & Art Gallery
Tel: 01332 641901