Derby Museum & Art Gallery & Pickford’s House are currently closed until further notice to comply with Government guidance. The Silk Mill is undergoing refurbishment to become the Museum of Making. Please visit our News page and social media channels for further updates.
Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

**Please note, reduced opening hours will be in operation during the Covid-19 crisis. The Museum & Art Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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Museum of Making

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

The building is currently closed to the public.

Find us at:

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

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

**Pickford’s House is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 crisis, but we hope to be able to re-open again very soon. Please follow our News page for updates:

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 715181
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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.


*IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE (Schools)*: Unfortunately we’re unable to take any bookings for school visits to our sites during the Autumn 2020 term. To explore the range of outreach options available, or to join our teachers mailing list for news and updates direct to your inbox, please contact Sam and Deana on 01332 641901 or email

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.

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 essential 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.


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 – visit our What’s On page for the latest opportunities to get involved!

Derby Museums is one of 750 organisations across the UK who have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision. Click here for more information.

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.


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

Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership

Derby Museums a key partner for Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership (DCEP), an initiative which has been developed in response to the Arts Council of England’s Cultural Education Challenge.

We are a close-knit and progressive city packed with cultural assets and learning opportunities. Together we work closely with our cultural partners and The Mighty Creatives, the East Midlands Bridge organisation, providing high-quality cultural experiences across our city.

The partnership is steered by Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations: Derby Theatre, QUAD, Déda, Derby Museums, Sinfonia ViVA, Baby People and EMCCAN (East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network).

Our vision is to provide every child and young person with opportunities to thrive in our city and experience of a variety of culture to develop their skills, life chances and fulfil their highest ambitions. DCEP actively seeks to develop this network through building partnerships between young people, cultural venues, education settings, local businesses and other local organisations.

The DCEP is targeted towards a number of key areas, listed below. Each programme involves dynamic ways to learn and experience cultural education through visits, workshops, bespoke artist-led projects and unique sharing opportunities.

  • Schools
  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Alternative education provision
  • Children and young people in care & care leavers

Early Years is also one of our priority areas which we will be developing into our future work.



  • Social Mobility agenda
  • Curriculum
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development

The Cultural Campus is the collective name we give to Derby’s key cultural organisations – we are packed with fantastic learning opportunities.

Derby Theatre, alongside our partner venues who form the Cultural Campus, will support your pupils to thrive through high quality cultural experiences.  We can help you evidence their development against the Ofsted framework and support your Arts Mark application.

Cultural Campus Days

Join us for an action-packed day at Derby Theatre and our partner venues, to experience a variety of practical workshops of your choice to engage and inspire.  You can even have your own private screening of any film you choose!  We can cater for up to 150 students in a day.  Choose from three different options:

  • Cross-curricular Day–From singing to Shakespeare and how sound and light work, we can design a practical and engaging sessions that use the arts to deliver your curriculum.
  • Careers Day– A practical insight into a whole range of careers in the creative industries through practical activities and conversations with professionals, from box office staff to designers, dancers, film makers, curators and directors.
  • Arts Day – Practical sessions into specific art forms across the Cultural Campus, specifically encourage team work, communication and confidence.  This can also support the delivery of Arts Awards.

Partners are: Déda, QUAD, BabyPeople, Sinfonia Viva & Derby Museums

Cost:  from £8.50 per student

Cultural Campus After-School Clubs

We can provide the most varied, fun and exciting experiences through our brand new After School Club provision.

We can offer sessions in many areas, including:

  • Urban Choir
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Carnival Arts
  • Visual Arts (inc Digital)
  • Digital Arts
  • Robot Wars

Cost: £55 an hour +VAT

£45 an hour + VAT if the pupils are in receipt of Pupil Premium.

Maximum number: 25 students per session

A minimum of 5 sessions must be booked

Please contact us to find out more information and how to apply.

Bespoke Projects for Schools

Talk to us about our Bespoke Schools Projects where you can work with us or any of the Cultural Campus venues on a longer-term partnership programme that could include drama, visual arts, music, film-making, carnival arts, circus skills, dance, exhibitions or even building robots!

We would be happy to discuss and design a creative project of opportunities or working towards producing a specific outcome that suits your school needs. This could be a performance, film, exhibition, dance piece or perhaps your own research project.

For more information about Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership and the related opportunities please contact: Alix Manning-Jones, Cultural Education Producer at


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