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Museum of Making

Visit the Museum of Making

The Silk Mill has undergone a process of significant development to create the Museum of Making, opening to the public 21 May 2021.
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Opening Times

The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill will open on Friday 21 May 2021.
Entry is free but, due to Covid restrictions, visitors will need to book a timeslot in advance.
Tickets for our special exhibition 'Scale' will are also available to buy. Visit our About page to book.

Monday - Sunday currently closed.


Silk Mill Lane

Head across Cathedral Green towards the front of the Silk Mill. Look for the famous Bakewell Gates and enter through the large glass atrium entrance.

Getting here


Follow the brown signs in the city and county for Derby Silk Mill. Offsite parking is available nearby at the Assembly Rooms, Bold Lane and Chapel Street car parks and parking cards can be validated at the Museum of Making to give a discounted rate of £2.50 for a day. There are 4 accessible parking bays on Silk Mill Lane which are for use by Blue Badge holders only.


With a direct train from London to Derby, you can be at any of our museums in less than two hours!


There are frequent and regular bus services into the Derby city centre, operated by Trent Barton and Arriva. Derby bus station is a 10 minute walk away along the River Derwent directly to the Museum of Making.


The Museum of Making is on cycle routes 6, 54 and 68, part of the Derby City Cycle Map. There is outdoor bicycle parking available.

CALL: 01332 641901

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Facilities & access
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At Derby Museums we want everyone to be able to enjoy our exhibitions and events, and we have taken every measure to ensure that we are as open and accessible to as many people as possible. Read our access statement here.

Museum of Making Shop and Maker Shop

When the Museum of Making opens in May 2021 it will feature two beautiful areas for retail. More information coming soon.

Food & drink
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The River Kitchen

Relax and unwind in our new, family-friendly café, serving fresh, seasonal and local food.

About The River Kitchen