Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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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


24 May 2019 - 8 Sep 2019

Brick History takes famous moments from history and imagines them in LEGO® bricks how many do you recognise?


25 May 2019 - 9 Jun 2019

Join us for a trail of tales around the Museum.
Handling History is our regular object handling morning where you can get up close to some historic objects from our collection.
At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there’s always something new to try in this artist-led session.
In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together.
Manchester, August 1819: 60,000 people gathered to hear reformer Henry Hunt campaigning for parliamentary reform to enable voting as a universal right.
Celebrating the Horrible Histories books, join us at the Museum and Art Gallery for a blast into the past and meet some gruesome characters along the way.
In the summer of 1940, Britain stood perilously close to invasion by the Nazis, but what would a British occupation have looked like?
Acclaimed historian Sarah Knott analyses the real experience of motherhood for women across the ages, from the South Carolina field slave to a 1950s suburban housewife, from a royal mistress pregnant with a king’s first son to a 1970s feminist.
Fifty years ago, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published.

Derby Museum & Art Gallery
The Strand Derby DE1 1BS

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