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Millennium Gallery Museum Sheffield

Museums Sheffield Millennium Gallery © Andy Brown

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The Millennium Gallery Museum Sheffield is an award winning modern building, situated in the city centre of Sheffield.

It was created at the time of Sheffield's Heart of the City regeneration project, which linked the train station with the city centre, near the city library, Sheffield Hallam University and the city's theatre district.

Bringing together culture, art, design and heritage into an accessible place for all, to where it belongs in Sheffield's city centre.

The building is elegantly constructed in concrete and glass and located in Arundel Gate. The rear entrance is alongside the lovely Winter Garden, which is home to one of the largest temperate glasshouses in Britain, which is a delightful place to enjoy a stroll before or after your visit
Barking up the Right Tree by Johnny White at the Millennium Gallery. Photo © Museums Sheffield
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to the Gallery.

The Millennium Gallery is an outstanding location for the visual arts, crafts and design and is well planned and laid out, with plenty of natural light streaming in from its extensive glass roof and large windows.

The Gallery encompasses over 1,800 square metres of exhibition space, with many superb things to see and enjoy. There are interactive exhibits to persuade visitors of all ages and abilities, to involve themselves and explore the collections further.

There are four exhibition areas on two floors, housing Sheffield's outstanding metal work collection and the Ruskin collection of art and artefacts; both are permanent galleries with displays, which change twice a year.

The Metalwork Gallery

This is a collection showcasing some of Sheffield's finest skills and traditions in light metalwork, which Sheffield is renowned for throughout the world. Here you will learn about the organisations that sustained the skills of the trades for over four hundred years.

You can see and find out more about the products and the people who crafted them, as well as those who used them.

Find out about Sheffield's new role in today's metal work industry -
Soup Tureen, 1790 – 1810, Old Sheffield Plate. From the Metalwork Collection at the Millennium Gallery Photo © Museums Sheffield
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how the city is supporting an increasing neighbourhood of modern-day metalworkers with an international reputation.

The Ruskin Collection

The Guild of St. George, a collection for the people of Sheffield

John Ruskin was a Victorian writer, artist and social philanthropist, who constantly searched for beauty in the natural world and also in the artificial world of his day.

Ruskin recognised that many of the workers in the city lived in very poor conditions, with little to enjoy or inspire them. Wanting to improve the quality of their lives, he established the Guild of St. George, a philanthropic society and with their help, he founded a museum especially for the workers of Sheffield.

The museum collection consists of a diverse range of items such as artistic objects, beautifully illustrated books, minerals, paintings and some of Ruskin's architectural drawings of Venice, all of which demonstrate Ruskin's continued quest for things of beauty to inspire and educate the people.

This permanent exhibition changes from time to time, as it's not possible to show the entire collection at any one time.

The Craft and Design Gallery

This is the largest exhibition space of its kind in the area; it features
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work by contemporary makers and designers, as well as exhibitions by masters and designers from the past. Here you will find changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Special Exhibition Gallery

This is the site for four impressive exhibitions each year, with National and International masterworks from Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum and other principal organizations.

The Millennium Gallery has a busy schedule of events - Lunchtime Talks and Craft Club meetings, where you can get creative with volunteers leading the event. Also Life Drawing where you can develop your skills, with the support of an artist tutor.

Contact the Millennium Gallery for details of these and other interesting events and talks.

The Upper Floor of the Millennium Gallery is home to the main Galleries and Exhibition Space. Also the Gallery Shop, which stocks items designed for the Sheffield Museums, as well as jewellery, home ware, posters, prints and books.
This floor is easily accessed by way of the Winter Garden or via lift and escalator.

On the Lower Floor is the Café, serving a full menu of freshly prepared food for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Activity Room, Toilets and Baby Changing facilities.

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The de Croy Book of Hours, 1400s, French, associated with Jean Fouquet. From the Ruskin Collection at the Millennium Gallery. Courtesy the Guild of St George and Museums Sheffield.
J W Bunney, Western Façade of the Basilica of San Marco, Venice, 1877-1822. From the Ruskin Collection at the Millennium Gallery. Courtesy the Guild of St George and Museums Sheffield


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Millennium Gallery Museum Sheffield Postcode for SatNav: S1 2PP


+44 278 2600

Arundel Gate
South Yorkshire
S1 2PP

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