Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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Derby Museum & Art Gallery
The Strand
Derby
DE1 1BS

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Description

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

Events at this venue

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Displaced: From the Nile to the Derwent

14 Jul 2024 - 24 Nov 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Displaced: From the Nile to the Derwent – Tours

8 Aug 2024, 17 Aug 2024, 21 Sep 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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An Afternoon with The British Railway Stinks – The Last Railway Chemists

28 Jul 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Summer Activities – Animate at the Museum and Art Gallery

1 Aug 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Create a Body Adornment – Summer Activities

8 Aug 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Summer Activities – Sally’s Still Life’s

15 Aug 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Summer Activities – Animate at the Museum and Art Gallery

22 Aug 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Sangita Dosanjh: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Man – Author’s Talk and Book Launch

31 Aug 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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When Dracula Came to Derby with Dr Ann Featherstone

7 Sep 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Ancestories & Animate VR (Virtual Reality) Exhibition

13 Sep 2024 - 15 Sep 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Derby Poetry Festival: The Noise We Make with John Tams

5 Oct 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Derby Poetry Festival: Roger Robinson, Mary Jean Chan, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Jasmine Gardosi

5 Oct 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Dracula or The Undead: A Macabre Matinee

13 Oct 2024 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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Beyond Ophelia: The True Legacy of Elizabeth Eleanor Rossetti (née Siddall) with Dr Glenda Youde – Artist talk and book launch

8 Feb 2025 Derby Museum & Art Gallery, The Strand

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