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.