Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Brownie
Plymouth, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
So much to see here. We went as a group of three friends and had a lovely time. It's great to see so much creativity in one town The cafe is lovely and delicious coffee too.
Written 18 September 2023
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TheMarshal84
Liverpool, UK553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Local/regional museums are a joy, and often give one a better inside into town and area they represent, with small temporary displays a bonus. This museum is no different, and is a great example of this! From Stone age to now, this museum gives the visitor a true history of Buxton. The collection of pottery is impressive. While the staff where friendly, helpful and informative, the small gift shop could do with a bit more stock. Free to enter, I could not recommend a better museum in Derbyshire!
Written 14 July 2023
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Victoria, Australia82,124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This museum is in a beautiful old building and it's very easy to get to. Entrance is free. There is a gift shop at the front. Staff here are super professional. 

They have permanent galleries that showcase their core collections of Peak District archaeology, geology, art and local history. Wonderful coin collections, video photography on display and a rather unusual mermaid. 

There is an exhibition about archaeologist Sir William Boyd Dawkins. He  was a British geologistand archaeologist. He was a member of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Curator of the Manchester Museum and Professor of Geology at Owens College, Manchester. He is noted for his research on fossils and the antiquity of man.

There is a particular piece in here that fascinated me. There are a couple of sheep heads on the wall. This pair earned a distinction in 1830 when they were sold by their owner in Hope Valley to a farmer in Kent. It seems that the sheep weren't impressed with their new surroundings and decided to walk back to Derbyshire- a journey of 200 miles. As a reward for their loyalty, the intrepid duo lived out their lives back home where they enjoyed a degree of fame. When the sheep died, their owner had their heads mounted. 
Written 7 May 2023
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BobIvey633
Kingston upon Thames, UK73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Lovely little museum in the heart of Buxton. Lots of interesting objects and stories for a small place, I was there over an hour. Recommended.
Written 18 April 2023
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vjbrandon
Manchester, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Great little museum, 2 mins walk from town centre, in an historic building with great stained glass. Several exhibition spaces, including permanent archaeological section and rotating art exhibition. Gorgeous recreation of the study of a Victorian antiquarian, with cabinets of curiosity and the smell of books. A gorgeous small display of a 19th expedition to the NW passage with Inuit art and sculpture. Not just worth seeing, definitely worth going to see, and with inspiration for other things to visit.
Written 24 March 2023
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Margaret R
Ampthill, UK167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Free entry, and a great place to spend an hour or so on a wet day. Fascinating range of exhibits from fossils to Ashford Black Marble (I could live without the bear though). Enjoyed the exhibition on industrial heritage, and much appreciated a staff member discussing the large drawing of old Buxton behind the information desk.
Written 18 March 2023
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JohnPH_12
London, England, United Kingdom36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
From the outside, I thought the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery was just a couple of rooms, no bigger than a large shop. However, on entry (which is free) I realised that it’s much bigger - with access to lovely rooms and galleries, packed with exhibits and guides, plus excellent films and slide shows on continuous display. A good range of paintings and drawings is mixed in with the historical exhibits. At the time of my visit today (11/3/23) one gallery had a wonderful array of paintings titled ‘Farm on the Hill’ by David Lowther
It is a series of works in different media of the same area near Buxton.
Exhibits included a room dedicated to Victorian archaeologists, a small display about Inuit peoples and the Terror-Erebus disaster (after Sir John Franklin tried to explore the North West Passage in Victorian times); one room featured lead, lime and coal mining in Derbyshire, and next to it a large hall had excellent exhibits of fossils, palaeontology and geology, local history and artefacts going back to Roman times and the Bronze Age. There was also a display of various inventions associated with the area, an exhibit of Blue John fluorite minerals, and Black Marble furniture and vases (it’s neither black nor marble). Plus loads of other things to see.
If you’re in Buxton Town Centre, a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery is a must!
Written 11 March 2023
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Kevin D
Nottingham, UK1,135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
First visit to this lovely little museum.

Some excellent exhibits, good art gallery over two floors.

Very clean and good toilet facilities.

Option to donate boxes available.
Written 27 January 2023
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brian c
Derbyshire, UK58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Visited the Museum 11/11/22 on our visit to Buxton and was amazed at the amount of items onsite and the history of buxton from roman times to victorian days and the best bit (it is Free entry)
Written 12 November 2022
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John T
Chesterfield, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
If you are in Buxton as we were for a couple of days the Museum is well worth a visit. Lots os local interest as you would expect but also a very good art gallery.
Written 20 October 2022
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