From the story of making in Derbyshire to the wonder of Joseph Wright and the secrets of the Georgian home, there’s always something new to discover when on a day out at one of our museums.

Museum & Art Gallery

Opening Times

Entry to the Museum & Art Gallery is free and you do not need to pre-book.

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday - 12.00pm – 4.00pm


The Strand

Pickford’s House

Opening Times

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm*
Sunday - Closed

** Pickford’s House will be closed from 3 January – 28 February 2022 due to essential electrical work. **


41 Friar Gate

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Museum of Making

Opening Times

Entry to the Museum of Making is free and you do not need to pre-book for general admission.

Visitors are advised to pre-book tickets for special exhibition 'Scale' to ensure entry. Visit our About page to book.

Monday - Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday - 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday & Friday - 10.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday - 10.00am – 4.00pm

** The Museum of Making will be closed on Friday 22 October. Assemble: Derby’s Festival of Making is taking place on Saturday 23 October – entry to the museum will be through Assemble only and will cost £4/free for 16 years and under. **


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.

More things to do around Derby

While you are visiting Derby Museums why not see what other adventures are nearby.

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Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

The UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site contains a fascinating series of historic mills including the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill.
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A creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor performance.
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Derby Theatre

A regional producing theatre linked to the University of Derby.
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A centre for contemporary art, film, and the creative use of digital technologies. Image credit: Graham Lucas Commons.
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Sinfonia Viva

A virtuoso ensemble, connecting participants, communities and professional musicians together to create original and extraordinary creative musical experiences.
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Derby Cathedral

Host to important monuments of Derby’s past, such as the tomb of Bess of Hardwick, the wrought iron screen by Robert Bakewelland the memorial of Florence Nightingale.
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A group of professional visual artists working within communities.
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Royal Crown Derby Heritage Museum

The onsite museum showcases some of the most inspiring stories behind Royal Crown Derby, from its inception in 1750 to today.
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Baby People

A music and arts development organisation dedicated to Hip Hop and working to engage and support young people.
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