Derby Museum & Art Gallery

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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 12pm to 4pm

See more about the new safety measures here >>

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. 


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

Derby Museums Looks Forward to Welcoming You Back Safely!

The Museum and Art Gallery will be re-opening to the public from Tuesday 7th July 2020, and we’ve put a few changes in place to welcome you back and ensure your safety.

Dandelion: An Exhibition by Ed Burkes

24 Oct 2020 - 21 Feb 2021

Dandelion is an exhibition of new paintings by artist Ed Burkes, winner of the eighth Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award.


24 Oct 2020 - 31 Jan 2021

In autumn 2019, Derby Museums commissioned Alison Solomon, Storyteller and Artist Documenter, to create a display in the World Collections Gallery.

Let's Make Christmas

24 Oct 2020 - 24 Dec 2020

Following on from the success of previous year’s event, and back by popular demand, this autumn sees the return of Let’s MAKE Christmas in the Museums & Art Gallery shop


24 Oct 2020 - 1 Nov 2020

Join us this October half-term for a spooky search across the Museum – where will Wally be hiding in our collections? It’s up to you to find out! Pick up an activity sheet and get a spooky bookmark if you do!


16 Nov 2020

Over the last three years, thousands of people have worked with Derby Museums to co-produce ‘Objects of Love, Hope and Fear: A World Collection’.

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Information relating to Coronavirus.

We are very pleased to welcome you back to the City of Derby. Please remember to ‘Do the right thing for Derby’ and follow the latest government guidance.