Derby Museums and Art Galleries

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Museums and Art Galleries in Derby

Museums and Art Galleries in Derby

Pickford's House Museum of Georgian Life and Costume

41 Friar Gate
Derby DE1 1DA
Tel: 01332 641901

The displays include room settings of the Georgian period, about 1800 -1810, and a formal garden of the period is recreated outside.

You can see the ground floor dining room, drawing room and morning room as they might have beenin Joseph Pickford's time. A Georgian bedroom and dressing room have been recreated on the first floor, while on the top floor there is a servant's bedroom complete with straw mattress.

The kitchen and laundry have been reconstructed, together with a cellar, pantry and housekeeper's cupboard, so that visitors can get an idea of what life was like for the servants working below stairs in Georgian times. One of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s.

The upper floors feature displays of toys and toy theatres, and several rooms showing some of the Museum's excellent collection of historic costumes and textiles.

Free entry
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.00

Pickford's House Museum
Pickford's House Museum
Derby Industrial  Museum
Derby Industrial Museum

Derby Museum of Making

The Derby Museum of Making is on the site of the world's oldest factories, the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible.

The new museum displays fascinating items from Derby’s rich industrial history, celebrating the makers of the past

From the world’s smallest engine run using a human hair, to a seven tonne Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine suspended in a new atrium above visitors’ heads, there are 30,000 objects for the public to enjoy.

With a treasure trove of objects displayed according to the materials from which they are made, the museum invites people to create their own journey through 300 years of making.

Monday - Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 10.00-5.00
Thursday & Friday 10.00-7.00
Sunday - 10.00-16.00
Tel: 01332 641901
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Derby Museum & Art Gallery The Strand
Derby DE1 1BS
tel: 01332 641901

Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses a wide range of important and attractive collections, covering porcelain, paintings, archaeology, history, local regiments, geology and wildlife. Paintings by the celebrated 18th Century Derby artist Joseph Wright, A.R.A. (1734-97) include portraits, landscapes, subjects from literature and scenes of industry and scientific equipment that represent this exciting period of pioneering discovery. This is the largest collection of the artist's work in any public gallery in the world. View some Wrights

The Museum’s collection of fine Derby porcelain, produced in the city since c.1750, is of international importance.

The Archaeology Gallery contains local material from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, with several fine Anglo-Saxon crosses and a splendid sarcophagus. There are also two Egyptian mummies.

The Military Gallery tells the stories of local regiments such as the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, the Derbyshire Yeomanry and the Sherwood Foresters, with information available on a touch-screen computer.

The reconstructed Bonnie Prince Charlie Room commemorates Derby’s role in the 1745 Jacobite uprising complete with a figure of the Prince himself telling the tale of his doomed attempt to seize the throne.

Derbyshire geology and wildlife feature in the Museum’s latest displays, with a Time Tunnel, walk-in cave, hands-on exhibits, discovery area and a stunning series of reconstructed natural settings with typical Derbyshire wildlife.

The Museum’s exciting and varied temporary exhibition programme provides about twenty regularly changing shows a year. There is also a schools service, holiday activities for all ages, and a museum shop selling an attractive range of souvenirs, slides, postcards and books on local topics.

Free entry
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.00 pm
Sunday 12.00 – 4.00 pm

Royal Crown Derby

With a museum, factory tours, a super factory shop and a restaurant serving a wide range of delicious food, a visit to Royal Crown Derby is a great day out. See Royal Crown Derby

Museums in Derbyshire

For museums throughout Derbyshire and the Peak District please see Derbyshire Museums

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