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“Small museum that tries to do a lot” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS, England
01332 641901
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Ranked #11 of 72 things to do in Derby
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Derby Museums is an independent trust and organisation run for, and on behalf of, the people of Derby. We provide a museums and arts service, accessible to everyone, and are responsible for the curation of all the artefacts and works of art entrusted to us, and the buildings in which these are held. Our aim as a new organisation is to bring as many of these objects into the public domain as is practically possible and exhibit them in ways that delight and inspire. We also run education and learning programmes, and hold events and exhibitions with the purpose of sharing knowledge and inspiring creativity and making amongst the people of Derby. As well as schools and student learning, we run many events for adults and groups, as well as families. Our collections and the information we hold about them are as unique as our location and history; we are a city continually shaped and driven by creativity and innovation, located in a valley that changed the world. The services we provide are also designed to promote the city: using its rich and important past to inspire its future.
Poole, United Kingdom
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“Small museum that tries to do a lot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I didn't have a great deal of time to spend here but I guess it was enough, at least for a first visit. It was a weekday morning and there were a lot of attentive children being shown the paintings and egyptian mummies by a nicely costumed young guide They got priority and I kept having to move on, but why not? Certainly the Joseph Wright paintings are fitting and impressive. The ceramics were also impressive (if that is the sort of thing you like). Some nice modern pieces and collections of found objects (bottles, skulls). Not sure about the natural history, but it is good for education.

Visited March 2013
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Abingdon, England, United Kingdom
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“Joseph Wright paintings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Visited the museum/art gallery to see the Joseph Wright paintings and took the opportunity to look round the rest of the building. It is larger and more attractive inside than it appears from the outside. There was less to see than usual, perhaps, as they were preparing for an exhibition. Well worth visiting for Joseph Wright fans and a fair amount else to see, particularly for families. Enjoyment of visit much enhanced by the charming, friendly and helpful staff who went way beyond what one could reasonably expect.

Visited March 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“A nice museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We went to this museum to see Joseph Wright's paintings. They are clearly displayed with interesting explanations. We also spent a lot of time studying the various mummies, especially as we were the only visitors in that area. I didn't like the area dedicated to war so much as I found it noisy and the explanations were not always very clear according to me. Really enjoyed the room dedicated to Bonnie Prince Charlie, interesting displays and the history behind the events was clearly explained. There is a lot of china too but with very few explanations. There were other rooms on local history but we didn't visit them so all in all, lots to see! Staff were friendly and helpful.

Visited February 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Joseph Wright paintings in lovely local museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Joseph Wright paintings here are good & worth a visit alone. The building is quite utilitarian outside but don't be put off. There is extensive pottery & an assortment of the usual small museum collections-some mummies (including a cat), various artifacts, stuffed birds etc as well as local history exhibits. On the first floor there is an unusually well preserved canoe over 3000 years old & surrounding this an inventive display of artifacts usually held in store. They are displayed in interesting groups in aesthetically pleasing ways, sometimes mixing eg a wooden crocodile with weaving bobbins in one. Staff are very pleasant

Visited February 2013
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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“Its Free and Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Any attraction that is free should get a good review. I went to see the Joseph Wright paintings, which were excellent.
Good display of Derby pottery as well, along with other locally related items.
There was no cafe but a great "Birds" cafe very close by.
The building does not inspire but do not let that put you off.

Visited February 2013
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