Plan your visit

Situated in the centre of Derby, The Silk Mill is currently undergoing a process of significant development to reinvent the Silk Mill for the 21st century through the creation of Derby Silk Mill – Museum of Making. The new museum will display fascinating items from Derby’s rich industrial history, celebrating the makers of the past; and will be designed to empower makers of the future through inspirational environments for learning programmes and activities.

Opening times

  • Monday-Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday 3pm - 9pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find the door

Head across Cathedral Green towards the front of the Silk Mill. Look for the double glass doors, to the right of the famous Bakewell Gates.

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 statement.


Looking for a fun and quirky gift? The Silk Mill is a great one stop shop for unusual gadgets and gizmos for all your friends and family; from kits for aspiring makers to gifts inspired by our very own workshop! Every gift bought in our shop helps keep Derby Museums fantastic and free for everyone!