Royal Crown Derby Museum

Collections Tours £15 (including voluntary gift aid donation)

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Royal Crown Derby Museum
194 Osmaston Road
DE23 8JZ

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01332 712800 Visit website


Royal Crown Derby can trace its history back to 1750 when the first porcelain was being made in Derby by Andrew Planche, and it remains one of the most iconic brands of fine bone china in England. Today the museum and factory are on the Osmaston Road where they have been since 1875 when the new factory was opened on the site of the old workhouse.

Our free exhibition is open Monday to Friday from 10 till 4pm (last entry 3.30pm) and introduces you to Royal Crown Derby. Explore the fascinating stories told by our collections, learn about the artisans and makers who worked at the factory then and now and learn how we made our beautiful porcelain.

Enhance your visit by pre booking a tour of our full collections and go behind the scenes at our factory.

Our collections tour takes you into our museum to get up close to over 250 years of history. You will be able to handle items from our collections marvelling at the almost weightless eggshell porcelain, learning to identify our oldest items and exploring items commissioned by some of the richest men in America in the 1800’s. You will also be able to see our beautiful pattern books which are in themselves works of art and learn how and why patterns were recorded in the early days of the factory here on the Osmaston Road.

Our factory tour takes you behind the scenes of our family business. You can watch our artisan makers at work and try for yourself the skills they have perfected. Experience the magic when new piece is cast, apply one of our iconic backstamps and see if your hands are steady enough to be master gilder. A unique hands on experience which you will remember for years to come.

Tours are available weekdays, booking is essential, free parking on-site

Collections Tours £15  (including voluntary gift aid donation)  

The site is also home to our small gift shop where you can buy some of the bestselling commemoratives and gift ware. Our tableware services can be seen and ordered for home delivery. 

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