Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Free Entry

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, we are pleased to announce that we will be re-opening our doors from Tuesday 7 July.

New opening times will be as follows:

  • Tuesday-Saturday (10.30am-4.30pm – last admission 4pm)

  • Sunday (12-4pm – last admission 3.30pm)

See more about the new safety measures here >> https://bit.ly/DMSetToRe-open

We look forward to welcoming you all back soon!

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

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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

Information relating to Coronavirus.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Derby. VisitDerby team are currently connecting with our industry partners to give you the very latest information on their plans for re-opening to help you plan your visit. Please keep visiting the website for updates #KnowBeforeYouGo.