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Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS

telephone: 01332 641901 
email: museums@derby.gov.uk
fax: 01332 641910
minicom: 01332 256666

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New Lift Installation

From the 14th February a new lift is being installed on the first floor of the Museum and Art Gallery. This will create a lot of noise and possible disruption so we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused to our visitors.

Refurbishing the Joseph Wright Gallery

Derby Museums are currently undergoing an exciting transformation – the gallery housing the internationally important collection Joseph Wright of Derby paintings is soon to be refurbished. Until this work is finished there may be some disruption to public access to this collection. Please contact us before your visit to find out if all of the paintings are on display or if the gallery is closed.

From the 5th March until 30th May some of the Joseph Wright’s will be displayed as part of the Faces in the Crowd exhibition in Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. Other paintings can be seen at Pickford’s House and the Indian Widow will be part of the schools summer showcase in Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

The Collection

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, Associate of the Royal Accademy (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.  

The Museum’s collection of fine Derby porcelain, produced in the city since about 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 (now totally refurbished) 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 exhibitions programme provides about 20 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.

Friends of the Museum
Friends of Derby Museum give help and support to the museum and also enjoy a full programme of interesting talks, activities and projects.

If you have an item that may be of interest to the museum please contact us. We are also grateful for any financial donations to help develop the museum's collections.

The nearest is the Parksafe car park at Bold Lane. There is limited street parking on the Strand. There are cycle stands near the entrances on The Strand and The Wardwick. 

Facilities for disabled visitors
Access to the Joseph Wright Gallery and the Derbyshire Wildlife Gallery is currently only by stairs. Access to Ceramics Gallery, Special Exhibitions and Archaeological Galleries are available by lift. Baby changing facilities and toilets for all visitors are on the second floor also available by lift.  

Use of the stair lift in the Museum and Art Gallery
This lift gives access from the Hanson Logboat Gallery to the Joseph Wright Gallery and the Friends of Wright Gallery.

This stair lift is not of satisfactory standard for the use that is currently expected of it. Derby City Council recognises this and is currently exploring ways of replacing it as soon as possible.

If you are planning to visit the Museum and Art Gallery, and you use a wheelchair, please be aware that:

  • The weight limit for the lift is 150kg (330lbs/23.5 stones). This means that if the combined weight of wheelchair and user is likely to exceed this weight the lift cannot be used. For this reason battery operated wheelchairs or scooters are not permitted to use the lift.
  • The lift cannot be operated without assistance from museum staff. They will ensure that the platform is lowered safely and positioned properly. However, the user needs to operate the lift by pressing the lever. If you are unable to press the lever we regret we cannot permit use of the lift.

  • We strongly recommend that you telephone 01332 641901 or 641904 before setting off on the day of your visit, to check that the lift is working.

Derby City Council apologises for this situation. We are doing everything possible to ensure that full access is provided as soon as possible. We hope you enjoy your visit to the Museum and Art Gallery.

Derby City Council is committed to the safety of both our visitors and our staff.

Group visits
If you wish to visit the museum as an organised group, just let us know before you come and what you want to see. This helps us to aviod a clash with other groups.

Museum Education
Teachers can lead their own visits, or book one of the sessions led by one of the museum's staff. We strongly recommend you visit us before organising a visit. The Education team are always willing to meet teachers on site to discuss their specific requirements.

We welcome schools to the museum, but all school visits must be booked in advance.

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