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Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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 Derby Museum is open.



Derby Museum & Art Gallery have received the 'We're Good to Go' certificate from the National Tourist Board of England. 


Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: A World Collection

A friendly gallery full to bursting with ordinary and extraordinary objects from around the world.

The room is arranged into seven zones entitled Consume, Believe, Create, Conflict, Furnish, Adorn and Communicate. Each of objects you’ll experience has a history of human connection, having been crafted, used, loved, lost, stolen, collected, stored or hidden and now displayed with the greatest of respect. They connect to historic events full of horror, joy and everything in between. From talking drums and wooden pillows, to terrible weapons designed to torture enslaved workers. Each zone will offer both comfort and discomfort and we challenge you to not find something that captivates your head and heart.

Joseph Wright Gallery

Derby Museums is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Born in Derby in 1734, Wright is an internationally renowned artist, whose paintings and works on paper adorn the walls of major galleries the world over. Famed as a “painter of light” and for his association with key members of the intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment, he is now considered to be one of Britain’s most interesting and wide-ranging painters. The Joseph Wright Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to showcasing the full range of his spectacular paintings alongside small, temporary displays of drawings and prints from the museums’ collection.

Families / Learning

There’s always something for families to enjoy together at Derby Museums.

We ensure that our events and activities are suitable for the whole family, with creative opportunities to learn together and create memorable experiences. From our weekly Tots Make & Do session at the Museum & Art Gallery for under 5s and their grown-ups, the opportunity to handle real objects from the collection in Handling History as well as a full programme of holiday activities when schools are closed.

Monday: Closed.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm.
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

Derby Museums Looks Forward to Welcoming You Back Safely!

The Museum and Art Gallery will be re-opening to the public from Tuesday 7th July 2020, and we’ve put a few changes in place to welcome you back and ensure your safety.

Derby Ram Trail

27 Jul 2021 - 22 Aug 2021

Welcome to the Derby Ram Trail; a spectacular free discovery trail, bringing a ram-pede of 30 uniquely painted 5ft ram sculptures to the streets of Derby.

Schools’ Mini Ram Trail

27 Jul 2021 - 22 Aug 2021

30 mini rams will be displayed in a Schools’ Mini Ram Trail' around Derby Museum and Art Gallery at the same time as the main trail.
Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children's Books is the first ever exhibition to celebrate Quentin Blake’s five-decade long partnership with celebrated author John Yeoman.

Art Hub: Flying Machines

28 Jul 2021, 25 Aug 2021

At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there is always something new to try in this artist-led session.
Come along to our informal conversation session at the Museum and Art Gallery for speakers of English as an additional language.

Family Friday: Oceans

30 Jul 2021

In this ram-inspired session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together.
To celebrate the creative partnership of author John Yeoman and illustrator Quentin Blake we have a whole host of circus related activities for you to join in with, paying homage to one of Yeoman’s well-loved stories The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus.
Celebrate the Derby Ram Trail with a range of tactile making and storytelling activities, inspired by our natural environment.

Historic Derby Walk

18 Aug 2021, 21 Sep 2021

Join local historian Maxwell Craven for an easy 70-90 minute stroll through the best of historic Derby.

Derby Museum & Art Gallery
The Strand Derby DE1 1BS

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