Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
About
Wonders of the Peak is our main, permanent exhibition at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery - with over 1,200 objects on display, covering 360 million years of history. Geology: explore a time when sharks swam across the Peak District and when giant dragonflies rules the sky! Ice Age Animals: See the massive power of the cave lion's hind leg and the deadly teeth of the scimitar-toothed cats. Archaeology: From pre-historic tools, to Roman jewellery, from Saxon silver to medieval coins - see what generations of the Peak District people have left behind. Art: Admire the beauty of Blue John and visit the largest collection of Ashford Black Marble on public display, and a changing display of art works in both our art galleries. The Boyd Dawkins Study: Home to a mermaid and more - an Edwardian study, commemoration the many people who have given objects to the museum, particularly two scientists, Sir William Boyd Dawkins and Dr J Wilfrid Jackson.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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CJTGlasgow
Glasgow, Scotland UK356 contributions
Super museum and art exhibitions
Oct 2021
This museum has something for everyone - lots of interesting features, artefacts and exhibits - and free entry to boot! There were 2 art exhibitions on when we visited last week which were great. Well worth visiting.
Written 17 October 2021
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John S
Uxbridge, UK887 contributions
An unmitigated joy.
Sep 2021
This small museum and gallery proved to be one of the highlights of our spell in Derbyshire. The so-called “leisure sector” was particularly badly hit during the pandemic and things are returning to normal very slowly. Primarily, (in my opinion at least), due to government dithering and “fence-sitting”. Does anybody really know what the present state of affairs is with regard to Covid? Some tourist attractions take the government’s “freedom day” easing, as a green light to open up. But some, (yes Chatsworth, I’m looking at you), still continue to act as if we were in April 2020 rather than September 2021. A shining beacon of hope in this fog of confusion was the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. Sure you have to pre-book, (I presume to keep numbers in check due to it being a free resource). However once inside, an eminently sensible approach to mask wearing is adopted, (that conforms to government guidelines). In two words - common sense.

The museum and gallery itself is an absolute joy. We learned so much that afternoon, that it would take too long to describe. The star of the show came in the form of an exhibition from a local artist by the name of Alan Swindell. Here we have an artist whose name should be on the lips of every art lover. As long as the world of art remains in the grip of people such as Sir Nicholas Serota, the nation will continue genuflecting in the direction of infantile daubings. Such as the work of one Howard Hodgkin, (see Chatsworth), instead of talented people such as Mr Swindell. The colour, vibrancy, composition and obvious passion are all in evidence from this gifted artistic polymath - this exhibition could have made our visit worthwhile, all on its own.

You must visit this fabulous museum and gallery if you are in Buxton - it really is that good.
Written 3 October 2021
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Mike B
Ashford, UK470 contributions
Well Worth a Visit
Aug 2021 • Friends
A very well presented museum, with helpful and friendly staff and really interesting local exhibits.

The exhibited art - fabrics, paintings and sculpture were excellent and the items in the gift shop were very good value for money. If I was 10 years of age again I’d have come back with a pocketful of ammonites and fossilised sharks teeth and no pocket money.

This museum is free to enter and well worth a cost.
Written 11 September 2021
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Vikinglongboat
Derby, UK59 contributions
Covid obsessed but other than that a modern, friendly and interesting place.
Sep 2021
Visited on a recent trip to Buxton. The museum was small. Only two rooms essentially if you discount the room with the art for sale. However, the upper room is large and has some excellent displays and exhibits to experience. Ok for a short and sweet visit although they are Covid obsessed which marred the visit. Although we did not have to wear masks unlike at nearby Pooles Cavern, which we decided we would not give any of our money to and not visit. Staff really friendly. Lots of toilets in the building and spotless too. They take pride in the aesthetics and cleanliness of the whole place actually.
Written 9 September 2021
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ALISON H
Harrogate, UK604 contributions
Something for everyone
Jul 2021
We loved this museum and art gallery which has so much of interest and covers the whole history of Buxton . The artefacts are well displayed and you can choose what aspect of Buxton and the Peak District you want to focus on . You can be assured of a friendly reception and there's a well-stocked gift shop as well . Booking was essential when we visited as its a relatively small space but this may have changed now .
Written 30 August 2021
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Many thanks for your kind review and we hope to see you again some time.
Written 4 September 2021
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Susie C
1 contribution
A fabulous way to spend a couple of hours.
Aug 2021 • Family
A beautifully designed and thoughtfuly curated museum. The staff were super friendly too. There were some interactive elements that added to the experience rather than being something to occupy children whilst the grown ups look about. I hate colouring in stations at museums. Fortunately the activities were interesting for all of us. The microscope was an amazing idea! Who would have thought sand was so beautiful or flies we're so hairy! I also liked the mix of objects and design in the displays. There was enough of a hint of the eclectic Cabinet of Curiosities in the main galleries - echoed from the rooms downstairs based on the original collection - but a clarity that helped understanding the context of the objects and their relevance to the local area. We loved it. A real find.
Written 27 August 2021
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Many thanks for your kind review and we hope to see you again some time.
Written 4 September 2021
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Chrissie V
4 contributions
Wonder of the Peaks
Aug 2021 • Couples
We very much enjoyed the new (ish) Wonder of the Peaks exhibition. We anticipated a quick visit but ended up spending a good hour and a half here.
Written 24 August 2021
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Many thanks for your kind review and we hope to see you again some time.
Written 4 September 2021
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Samuel G
Buxton, UK2 contributions
A little gem of a place
Aug 2021
This place is a little gem. We went there with our three year old and spent a really great afternoon. The museum is relatively small, but packed a with a plethora of artefacts which speak to the towns rich and varied history. The exhibits are eclectic, quirky at times and really well curated. The additional art on display upstairs when we went was really top notch. My three year old was given a 'treasure hunt' to complete and there are many interactive facets of the collections which are designed to amuse and engage. The little gift shop is lovely on the way out and there is disabled access across the floors. Finally, the staff are friendly, open to chat and will take the time to listen and show genuine interest in the visitors, combined with great curatorial knowledge of what is on show and the stories behind it.

Would thoroughly recommend as a informative, relaxed and enjoyable way to spend some time.
Written 20 August 2021
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whatlynseydid
Tamworth, UK356 contributions
Drop by if you're in the area.
Jul 2021
I'll be honest, I booked a visit to this museum around an hour before we got there as we had a little time to fill between other planned visits. However, I'm glad we did as it was well worth a visit. I found it via the power of Google and didn't know it existed before I saw it advertised online.
The museum is over 2 stories and is jam packed full of interesting and varied artefacts. There are lots of helpful A4 information boards dotted around to help you identify items on display.
The only thing we would have liked is a staff member on the first floor as we had some questions about certain exhibits, but there was no one to ask.
The best part is that the museum is free! Recommended if you're in the area.
Written 30 July 2021
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Many thanks for your kind review and we hope to see you again some time.
Written 4 September 2021
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Llamaphile
Edinburgh, UK645 contributions
Quirky and eclectic
Jun 2021
Loved ths little museum. It wasn't top of our list but the forecast was rain, which turned out lucky for us. This musuem has so many interesting and unsual things - a 1930's set of police stamps for recording traffic accidents (who knew such things existed?) A lock collection, including Egyptian. Bones of cave lions. Fascinating!
Written 13 July 2021
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Many thanks for your kind review and we hope to see you again some time.
Written 4 September 2021
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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is open:
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 13:00
  • Tue - Sat 14:00 - 16:30