Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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The Silk Mill

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 3pm - 9pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
01332 641901
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Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 641901
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There are plenty of opportunities for all ages to discover, be curious and play through captivating experiences that engage the head, heart and hands.

Derby Museums offers a full, varied learning programme inspired by our rich collections housed within our three fantastic and free museums.


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 – explore our What’s On guide for the latest opportunities to get involved!

Young People

Come along to Derby Museums and discover the learning potential of our internationally significant collections. We have a full programme of talks and tours – and regularly offer student discounts for charged events.

When possible, we strive to programme talks and tours on Wednesday afternoons when many Colleges and Universities keep timetables free so people in Full Time education can still enjoy our events.

From music performances, After Hours events, film showings, making workshops and creative classes – keep an eye on our programme for the latest unique experiences at Derby Museums!


Adult Learning is really important to us at Derby Museums, with plenty of opportunities to pursue interests and develop new skills inspired by our collections to keep curious minds occupied!

From regular talks, tours and walks programme to Making workshops and artistic activities aimed at our adult audiences, take a look at What’s On this week to see what may be of interest to you.

Come along to one of our events where you can meet new people and learn something new amongst a beautiful collection of international significance.


Derby Museums offers a wealth of school sessions across our three city centre sites, helping you to both cover your National curriculum needs and engage in memorable experiences with your pupils – in inspirational learning spaces!

Visit us free of charge for a self-guided session or choose from one of our wide range of facilitated sessions either here at the museum or as outreach in your own setting.

We listen to our teachers and have introduced a number of new sessions to meet the requirements of a changing national curriculum.

Download a guide to Derby Museums KS1/KS2 schools sessions.

Self-guided visits

Schools are also welcome to plan their own self- guided visits to our sites which are free and booking in advance is recommended to ensure you have the best experience. Contact our Business Hub on 01332 641901 or

Facilitated Sessions

Presented by experienced professionals, the learning sessions take place across the galleries and dedicated learning areas and active participation is encouraged. Sessions are richly resourced with original or replica objects and costumes. Sessions are available to cover Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 requirements.


At Derby Museums we build museums with and for the community. We are committed to ensuring our programmes are accessible and relevant – keeping communities at the heart of what we do.

We truly believe our work with communities brings the collections to life and we always encourage local community groups to get in touch to see if we can work together on a project or have a presence at your community event.

From an expanding programme of activities aimed at enhancing personal wellbeing to outreach work in the City – discover more by exploring our What’s On or popping in to one of our sites.

We can offer bespoke tours, talks and experiences for community groups – if you would like to enquire about making a group booking, please contact the Business Hub at 01332641901 or

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