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

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).

Let's Make Christmas

12 Dec 2019 - 24 Dec 2019

Following the success of last year’s event, and back by popular demand, this Christmas sees the return of Let’s MAKE Christmas; a seasonal celebration of contemporary craft produced in the region, running from Saturday 19 October – Tuesday 24 December 2019.


13 Dec 2019, 20 Dec 2019, 10 Jan 2020, 17 Jan 2020, 24 Jan 2020, 31 Jan 2020, 7 Feb 2020, 14 Feb 2020, 28 Feb 2020, 15 Nov 2029

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.


24 Dec 2019, 7 Jan 2020, 21 Jan 2020, 4 Feb 2020, 18 Feb 2020

Handling History is our regular object handling morning where you can get up close to some historic objects from our collection.

Masquerade Ball

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.
Ever wanted to explore the realities of the Bushido; the way of the sword and Samurai? This session will give you open access to the armour and weapons that made the Japanese warrior so legendary.
Join our Sensei as he teaches your little warriors the true way of the Samurai, using ancient martial arts practices.
Explore the making process and progression of modernist sculptor Ronald Pope (1920-1997) and a series of artists who have all won the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award in the last 19 years.
Explore the making process and progression of modernist sculptor Ronald Pope (1920-1997) and a series of artists who have all won the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award in the last 19 years.


15 Feb 2020

Celebrate our Nature Gallery mascot with our special Pangolin Day event.


15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020

The Pharaohs have hidden their treasure around the Museum and Art Gallery. Meet the leaders of Ancient Egypt and solve the clues to find some treasure of your own.
At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there’s always something new to try in this artist-led session.
From the Renaissance onwards, artists became celebrities. Names such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and our very own Joseph Wright are familiar to us all, but what about their female contemporaries?

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The Strand Derby DE1 1BS

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