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“Superb inside.”

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Ranked #2 of 78 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Superb inside.”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Rather daunted by the institutional, drab, uninviting exterior but decided to go in anyway, and so glad we did. Once through the rather cramped foyer/reception area, it improves tremendously. Lots of interesting displays, creatively and beautifully presented - knowledgeable and very helpful staff on hand (including a young lady who could not answer our questions but immediately and politely found someone who could - it was only her second day working there) added to our enjoyment of the visit.
The Joseph Wright paintings were thoughtfully arranged, and well worth seeing, and the other galleries had activities for children to do, information for all ages and taken together made for an interesting, worthwhile visit.
Congratulations to all involved in the work going on at this museum - just wish that it was more widely supported and that the exterior could be improved, particularly as the building next door (library?) has the potential to be really beautiful.
While in the area, the cathedral is worth a visit, and there is a fantastic craft/gift shop, 'Ink and Thread' with unusual, British-made goods and delightful staff, at very reasonable prices.

Visited October 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We were amazed by the variety of exhibits together with explaanatory texts. Time just went there was so much to see - from Military to Porcelain with Natural History and Egyptology thrown in. The Joseph Wright paintings were a revelation - what an artist!

Visited October 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Well presented”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

The whole area was well signed posted. Leading you to thoughtfully placed exhibitions. I especially liked the area in nearly every room inviting children to interact. Exhibit a drawing etc. very interesting with plenty to sea. The art exhibition was beautiful with seating well placed so you could sit and admire.

Visited October 2013
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Llanvihangel Gobion
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Small easily done in an hour or so but worth it”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Particularly liked the boat carved from a log. This simple ancient craft speaks volumes about the society that it belongs to.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“As interesting as its always been”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Used to go here as a kid and visited again recently. Definitely worth a trip and gain some insight into new facts etc

Visited August 2013
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