Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

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

The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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Joseph Wright Gallery

Derby Museums is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Joseph Wright of Derby.

Born in Derby in 1734, Wright is an internationally renowned artist, whose paintings and works on paper adorn the walls of major galleries the world over. Famed as a “painter of light” and for his association with key members of the intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment, he is now considered to be one of Britain’s most interesting and wide-ranging painters. The Joseph Wright Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to showcasing the full range of his spectacular paintings alongside small, temporary displays of drawings and prints from the museums’ collection.

What can I see?

The Joseph Wright Gallery is the place to see Wright’s masterpieces, A Philosopher Giving that Lecture on an Orrery, in which a Lamp is put in the Place of the Sun (temporarily on loan), and An Alchymist . His much-loved paintings The Widow of an Indian Chief and Landscape with a Rainbow can also be enjoyed, alongside many others. A small number of works loaned from private collections enrich the permanent display from time to time.

**Orrery currently on loan to the Science Museum (25 September 2019-26 January 2020)**
Wright's Orrery painting is currently on loan to the Science Museum in London for an exciting new project exploring the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years: The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter (25 September 2019-26 January 2020). Click here for more information.

Catch a discussion about Wright's Orrery as part of BBC Radio 4's Art of Innovation series from 1.45pm on 23 September (also available on BBC Sounds).

The Orrery

What can I do?

In the Joseph Wright Gallery you can see twenty-seven paintings by Joseph Wright and read in-depth information about each work. Our knowledgeable gallery assistants are on hand to help you answer any questions you might have. We also run a lively programme of talks and tours on Wright, and families can pick up a Joseph Wright Kit to learn more about the artist and his paintings.

What can I learn?

In the Joseph Wright Gallery you can learn more about Wright, his life, and world. Discover what it is about Wright’s work that continues to draw people to Derby from all over the world.

Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

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

The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
Plan your visitto Museum and Art Gallery
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