Plan your visit

In the heart of Derby city centre lies a treasure trove of wonderful exhibits waiting to be discovered. The Museum and Art Gallery is home to the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings in the world, and more besides. Connected to the beautiful 19th century library building, the Museum and Art Gallery is a maze of varying architecture and intriguing collections, each room very different from the last. We invite you to come and explore - you’ll never know what’s around the corner!    

The Museum and Art Gallery will be closed to visitors on Sunday 23 April for essential work to take place for the renovation of the Museum Shop.


Opening times

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

Find the door

The main entrance to the Museum and Art Gallery can be found on The Strand. The door is opposite the end of Sadler Gate and within view of Bold Lane car park. It is not possible to enter the building through the adjoining Derby Library.

Access and facilities

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 policy.


At Derby Museums we are proud to support local artists and makers. Our beautiful shop positioned within the Museum and Art Gallery is a great place to find that unique souvenir or gift. Our products including beautiful jewellery, ceramics, books, stationery and children’s gifts are inspired by our collections. Every gift bought in our shop helps keep Derby Museums fantastic and free for everyone!