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

The Recovery Quilt

22 Sep 2019 - 12 Nov 2019

The Recovery Quilt was created by over 50 participants who stitched their personal responses to ‘recovery’.


27 Sep 2019, 4 Oct 2019, 11 Oct 2019, 18 Oct 2019, 25 Oct 2019

Tots Make and Do is a weekly session where we welcome 2-5 year olds with their grown-ups for crafts, games and stories inspired by our fabulous collections.
Giant spiders, dancing skeletons, winged goblins and hordes of ghostly warriors are among the subjects depicted in this display of striking 19th century woodblock prints, drawn from the Ashmolean Museum’s rich collection of Japanese art.
An exhibition of Japanese watercolours and prints from Derby Museums’ own collection, including works made by two of Japan’s most famous artists, Katsushika Hokusai (c.1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).


1 Oct 2019, 15 Oct 2019

Handling History is our regular object handling morning where you can get up close to some historic objects from our collection.
Derby Museums present an afternoon with Derby Orchestral Society. Playing all your traditional favourites plus Music from the Musicals.
Follow in the footsteps of Derby’s textile trailblazers with a range of making activities.


26 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019

Join us this half term for a ghoulish journey around the Museum, capturing demons of all shapes and sizes lurking where you least expect them!
Most of us are now so dependent on GPS that we are turning into navigational idiots! How do our fellow creatures – large and small – find their way around? Without the benefit of any tools, many animals undertake journeys that are truly astounding.


30 Oct 2019

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
Have you every wanted to spend a night in the Museum? Now is your chance. Set in the centre of Derby this building is very deceptive and very haunted.
Join us for a family-friendly Christmas carvery!

Masquerade Ball

6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019, 13 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019

Book your table for a glamorous evening of Masquerade, mystery and extravagance in the beautiful 19th Century listed building, which was the former central library on The Wardwick, but now transformed into a stunning venue! With sumptuous fine dining from local celebrity chef Ralph Skripek and all the best floor-fillers from our talented DJ, celebrate the festive season in style with friends, family or colleagues.

Derby Museum & Art Gallery
The Strand Derby DE1 1BS

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