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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Derby Museums’ Endowment

We are delighted to have been offered a match funding Endowment Grant of £1m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which means that every pound you give to Derby Museums’ Endowment campaign before September 2022 will be doubled, up to a total of £1m, creating a £2m Endowment for Derby Museums. This will help to secure the future of Derby Museums for everyone.

The Endowment will provide financial stability to ensure that future generations reap the benefit of the collections and the huge range of activities and events that they inspire. This is our way of looking out for the generations to come.

Supporting Derby Museums’ Endowment helps us to:

  • Raise the aspirations of young people to be the makers, artists and thinkers of the future
  • Continue to look after our three sites and the 250,000 heritage objects in our collection
  • Continue supporting 23,000 people who take part in free family activities every year
  • Engage and inspire over 124,000 people a year

Find out more about our work with children and young people, by downloading our Inspiring and Empowering our Future Generations Brochure.

How can I help?

Consider making a regular gift

To make the most of this match funding opportunity we need help from everyone. During the period of the National Lottery Heritage Fund match funding award, every pound donated will be doubled. With Gift Aid and the match funding your donations soon add up!

We appreciate that some of our supporters may have personally been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but if you are able to consider making a regular gift to our Endowment during the last 22 months of our Endowment challenge, your gift can make even more of a difference. It is a great way to support our future resilience so that we can continue to conserve our wonderful collections and serve our local community with free exhibitions, activities and events.

  • You can contribute £275 by giving £5 per month
  • Giving £10 per month means you can raise a fantastic £550
  • An incredible £2750 would result from a gift of £50 per month.

If you are a higher rate tax payer you can reclaim the difference between the rate of tax you pay and the basic rate on your donation. So a regular gift of £10 per month would be at a net monthly cost to you of £7.50 per month and a gift of £50 per month would be a net monthly cost of £37.50 to you.

The sooner your monthly donations start, the sooner they will be match funded to start benefiting Derby Museums.

If you can consider supporting Derby Museums in this way, please click to donate a monthly gift of £3, £5£10£15£20£25 or £50. If you prefer to consider a different amount or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact who will be more than happy to help. All gifts are very gratefully received.

Buy an Orrery Pin Badge

You can donate to the Endowment campaign and show your support by buying a specially commissioned and limited Orrery Pin Badge. You can buy one on Derby Museums’ online shop or visit the shop at the Museum and Art Gallery or Pickford’s House.

Consider making a one-off gift

Every donation to our endowment is incredibly important to us, whether it is £10 or £10,000.

During the period of the National Lottery Heritage Fund match funding award, every pound donated will be doubled.

This means that a gift of £1,000 with gift aid and the National Lottery contribution would give £2,500 to the Endowment (at a net cost of £750 to a higher rate tax payer).

A £10,000 donation, with gift aid gives £25,000 to the Endowment (at a net cost of £7,500 to a higher rate tax payer).

Donations of £500 and above will be offered the opportunity to be featured on our donor recognition board displayed in the Museum and Art Gallery.

Join our 1839 Circle

As a member of our 1839 Circle, you will be amongst some of our closest supporters and your generosity and support will play a vital role in helping Derby Museums continue to conserve and share our collections for future generations.

As a thank you for your support you will be invited to exclusive behind the scenes events, first night openings and networking events. Membership of the Derby Museums Friends is also included. For more information please visit Derby Museums – 1839 Circle or contact Sarah Smith – / 01332 641901.

Consider leaving a gift that will last beyond your lifetime

Did you know that you can leave us a gift of even 1% in your Will so those closest to you inherit 99%. This gift can help Derby Museums continue to have a vibrant future and help future generations continue to enjoy our wonderful collections and family friendly activities and events.

For more information about how you can make a difference by leaving a gift in your Will, please visit Derby Museums – Leave a gift in your Will or contact Jenny Cuadrado – / 01332 641901.

Make your Mark on the new Museum of Making

We would like to thank all of our supporters who have so generously responded to our invitation to Make Your Mark on the newly opening Museum of Making. With your support (and including gift aid and the match funding) we raised a fantastic £87,003.50 for Derby Museums’ Endowment.

If you would like to find out more about making a one-off donation, leaving a Gift in your Will or would like to find out other ways you can support the Endowment please contact Jenny at or call 01332 641901.



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