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5 reasons to visit Derby Museums

17th May 2022

Derby Museums operate three FREE museums: the Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Making and Pickford’s House. They are visitor attractions like no other. Read our latest blog to discover 5 reasons why you really should visit...

1) Derby Museum and Art Gallery will be the guardian of a rare Joseph Wright painting - Portrait at the Age of About Forty in its Joseph Wright Gallery. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this remarkable painting by world renowned artist Joseph Wright, who was born and lived in Derby.


2) The Museum of Making is located on a site of global significance, where the Derby Silk Mill - widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory - first stood over 300 years ago. This new visitor attraction is also located in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the key sites of the industrial revolution - something that will appeal to visitors from far and wide.

3) The Museum of Making has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022.  The museum has transformed into a live, interactive museum, where people can learn, think and make. It is an honour to be selected alongside four other fantastic museums for the world’s largest museum prize.

4) Pickford’s House: the professional showcase and family home of Georgian architect Joseph Pickford will be hosting The Peacock Revolution: Men’s Fashion from 1966-1970. This incredible exhibition of men’s clothing is from the private collection of Peter Feely from Derby and is on until February 2023.