Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making – credit Bauman Lyons Architects
Museum of Making

Visit Museum of Making

The Silk Mill is undergoing a process of significant development to create the Museum of Making, due to open in spring 2021. The building is currently closed to the public.
Opening times
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 aircraft engine was winched into the MoM in Aug 2019 – photo credit Speller Metcalfe

Opening Times

The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill is under construction and is due to open in spring 2021.
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. The nearest car park is on Sowter Road, 0.2km from the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill, which has 50 spaces. Up to 1/2hr £1; up to 1hr £1.50; up to 2hrs £2.50; up to 3hrs £3.50; up to 4hrs £4.50; up to 12hrs £5. 


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


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 spring 2021 it will feature two beautiful areas for retail. More information coming soon.


Food & drink

The River Kitchen – opening spring 2021

Serving fresh, seasonal and local food, more information coming soon.