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Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The Strand

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.

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 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.

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    Visitors may use the Parksafe car park at Bold Lane. There is limited street parking on the Strand.

    Derby Museum and Art Gallery Postcode for SatNav: DE1 1BS


    +44(0)1332 641901
    +44(0)1332 641909 (group/school bookings)

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