Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
4.5
Art GalleriesHistoric SitesHistory Museums
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located in the old Victorian Music Hall and 13th Century Vaughan's Mansion, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery offers a family friendly museum experience that brings to life the Roman, Medieval, Tudor and Stuart eras as well as sharing some of the most prominent local history in our Shropshire gallery. These tell the story of Shrewsbury and Shropshire from pre-history to the modern day. Enjoy FREE school holiday family events at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery from Special Exhibitions a Kids activities, to free pre-history workshops and talks. Accessible to all, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery displays local and national heritage in a wide range of exciting ways. Fine art from the collection is on display throughout the galleries. Facilities include a café, Museum shop and Visitor Information Centre, with lift access to all floors. Our knowledgeable, approachable staff and volunteers are always on-hand with a warm welcome and a smile, to guide and inform you throughout your visit.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • louiseholistic
    Penarth, United Kingdom946 contributions
    Enjoyable visit
    A lovely museum, lots to discover and enjoy. Interesting to see some Salvador Dali work there too. We particularly enjoyed the medieval section. Excellent coffee in the cafe and pleasant seating area outside.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Chris B
    Llanrhystud, United Kingdom256 contributions
    Well worth a visit :0)
    A centrally located venue located some 10 minutes from the railway station. The welcome was informative - thank you. The history of the area was very well presented over a number of floors and were well lit with plenty of interesting background information. The highlight for me were the on loan Dali sculptures and accompanying dance related independent artwork from local? painters - well worth a visit :0)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 13, 2023
  • centralscrutiniser
    Solihull, United Kingdom33 contributions
    Exceeded expectations
    The price was right (free) but my expectations were a small local museum with a few bits laid out. How wrong I was - great deal of interesting bits and pieces from throughout the last 2000 years all displayed in engaging and accessible manner. Lots of interactive parts for the kids who loved the whole place. Also really interesting to see the old music hall building properly. Lovely that it's been well kept and done up like this. Highly recommend popping in and also looking in the lovely shop.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Fiona D
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom78 contributions
    Magical
    We went as a family to see Father Christmas. This event was beautifully created, Father Christmas and his elves were beautifully attired and interacted so well with children and adults alike. It was excellent value for money as it also included entry to the museum and had several Christmas themed activities for the children to participate in.
    Thank you so very much for your lovely comments. We are very happy you all enjoyed your visit with Father Christmas at the Museum. Best wishes from elves Jingle, Gingerbread and Snowball !!!!!
    Written December 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 20, 2023
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Lichfieldbloke
Shrewsbury, UK54 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went to the museum on a Sunday and hadn’t realised it was a free admission weekend due to an event aimed at children. The kids appeared to be enjoying the occasion and opportunity to get involved in drawing exercises.

I went to see what the building had to offer in terms of art and memorabilia for the local area. I found the building poorly laid out and it felt that it was the kind of town museums we were used to finding decades ago with no real pattern to the layout and little that captured the imagination either in art or history. This was disappointing considering Shrewsbury’s association with Darwin plus many other people that over the years have achieved prominence in their fields from this area.

Could do with some fresh ideas and some thought into what could be some interesting stories about Shrewsbury’s and Shropshire’s history, achievements and contributions to the nation
Written February 18, 2020
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jonesyboy27
Kingswinford, UK349 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Currently Shrewsbury is a mess trying to park a nightmare roads closed wanted to use park and ride discounted due to Covid.
Whilst the visit tithe Roman exhibition was free very small not engaging for kids age 5-9 an older child may find it interesting feel this needs to have interactive exhibits.we decided to leave as not certain that the other floors would be worth the time and expenditure.
With the general hassle to book find and park best avoided
Written October 25, 2020
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Elaine Harris
17 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We visited today after a two year gap and were amazed at how beautifully the exhibits were presented and framed. This museum offers variety and clarity. The exhibits are grouped chronologically to enable a journey through the Roman period, Medieval, Tudor etc. There is something for all tastes: paintings, china, costume, geology to name but a few. The staff are low-key but eager to assist and the whole experience is enhanced by a wide range of excellent publications, many of which are free of charge. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Written July 5, 2021
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Dan W
Halifax, UK121 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Dotted around the place are story bags, with toys and props to illustrate the books. This was a really nice touch. In the ceramics area there was a wicker basket with a picnic blanket, a tea set, and the tiger who came to tea. Lovely to feel like you have permission to just pitch up and share a story with your little ones. There were other activity and toy areas, and a lovely member of staff spent time letting us see and hold some mammoth fossils. What a lovely way to spend a couple of hours, and totally free! The cafe is lovely also, staff were really nice.
Written July 3, 2022
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Anthony S
Bloxwich, UK2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
This place was amazing.We went inside and a nice lady told us where everything is and that after going through the Roman gallery we should go upstairs.I have previously gone to Wroxeter Roman City which had a small museum.I wondered where the rest of the artefacts were.They were a over here including the sliver mirror.We carried on upstairs and saw many artefacts from abbeys we had previously been .The medieval galley and as very good which included the Corbett bed (from which we knew where it came from as we had visited Moreton Corbett castle)and a cool tapestry .We carried on through the museum reaching the biggest gallery which included bones from woolly Mammoths, things about Darwin,loads of gold things and some other random treasures like Egyptian small statues,a part of the Colosseum,North American fishing hooks and many other things.I couldn’t believe that this was all free.Definitely recommend for all visitors to Shrewsbury.
Written December 18, 2022
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Fiona D
Wolverhampton, UK78 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We went as a family to see Father Christmas. This event was beautifully created, Father Christmas and his elves were beautifully attired and interacted so well with children and adults alike. It was excellent value for money as it also included entry to the museum and had several Christmas themed activities for the children to participate in.
Written December 20, 2023
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Thank you so very much for your lovely comments. We are very happy you all enjoyed your visit with Father Christmas at the Museum. Best wishes from elves Jingle, Gingerbread and Snowball !!!!!
Written December 20, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sharon D
United Kingdom11 contributions
Jan 2020
Displays of photos, artefacts, short films, etc. of high quality. Good for children with some interactive activities. Glad we visited while in the city. My husband loves Roman coins so a nice stash to look at!
Written January 4, 2020
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Andrew
London, UK24 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
There were some very good things about this museum (the Roman Gallery and Mediaeval Shrewsbury). Also in its favour was the size of the museum and a fairly recent makeover. But there seemed to be lots of exhibits that had nothing to do with Shrewsbury, including a lot of modern art. The museum could be improved by providing a clear time line of Shrewsbury’s history starting from pre-Roman times and explaining all stages of its development, being clear that Shrewsbury was a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War and not being equivocal about those historically great figures who hailed from Shropshire.
Written July 24, 2022
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Frazer A
Edinburgh, UK25 contributions
Oct 2021
The museum is a decent size to offer a bite sized look into both certain past ages and the history of Shropshire. We went for the Lego exhibition and were amazed by the Sun Pendant from the 'Gather Light' exhibition, but enjoyed everything else the museum offered. Another great addition to the museum was the staff who were very friendly and informative adding to our trip. Overall a great free outing worth the time if in Shrewsbury.
Written October 6, 2021
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TheCityBreakers
Lancashire182 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We came across the museum and gallery by chance and were really pleased we did. It was packed full of local history presented in an engaging way.
Most of the paintings were portraits of local significance, but there was also a gallery with a temporary exhibition with some very well known contemporary names. It’s all free too - well worth a visit.
Written August 5, 2022
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