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“Stunning” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Ranked #2 of 75 things to do in Derby
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Derby
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

The collection of Joseph Wright paintings is stunning, a national treasure, and really should be seen. The rest of the museum is old-fashioned in a good way--very child-friendly with real exhibits rather than touch-screens.

Visited December 2012
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Derby, England
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140 reviews
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“Joseph Wright 'excellent' - Open2012 '?'”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

We visited the Art Gallery today and found excellent displays of the work by Joseph Wright of Derby. The displays were superb in the recently refurbished gallery, and made our visit very worthwhile.

At the same time we visited the top floor to see the Open2012 exhibition. What to make of it? Some works were undertaken by those with skill, some were interesting, and some made us wonder 'Are you having a laugh?' An example of the latter category was even 'Highly Commended' by the judges. True, art is subjective, so why not go along and see what you think, it's worth the effort.

Visited January 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Good exhibitions - excellent for families”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Very good permanent exhibition and some interesting varied temporary shows. Staff are very helpful and a really good experience. Kids are very welcome and will love the museum which is very inviting.

Visited November 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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“Very interesting and lots to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

This museum is very underrated and is a must see. There is a huge collection of exhibits ranging from world famous paintings by Joseph Wright to modern contemporary exhibits from up and coming artists.

There are a number of activities for the younger children, The museum itself is quite roomy and you can easily see all of the exhibits.

The staff are very friendly and made us feel quite welcome.

Visited December 2012
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“Joseph Wright Exibition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

We frequently drive to Derby to watch football. This time we stayed overnight with the intention of visiting the Joseph Wright Exhibition. It is excellent. We now know his life story and range of styles he painted in as fashions changed. Well worth a visit as is the rest of this excellent museum.

Visited December 2012
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