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“Visitng Mummy”

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Ranked #2 of 83 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.
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Visitng Mummy”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The museum was a real eclectic mix of items and subjects, but most interesting. You could see a wooden long boat of over 3000 years old, or a gallery full of 1000 modern and ancient items, without labels grouped into displays of like minded objects. Natural history demonstrated with hundreds of stuffed animals in their natural habitat. I became separated from my friends, as I meandered, wandering past mummies to left and right, eventual destination sitting in a room with Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he composed and read out his letter from the battle front, a strange experience.
The art was also very good, I found the paintings of volcanic eruptions very atmospheric and beautifully painted. The whole collection well worth seeing.

Visited July 2014
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Yorkshire
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Really interesting place”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Easy to find, excellent new cafe. Exciting new approach to arranging exhibits under theme of wood, stone etc.

Visited August 2014
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“Derby history”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Not being from this part of the world or having a particular interest in art I had never heard of Joseph Wright, however this museum had a great temporary exhibition about his work and about the 18th and 19th century habit of copying works of art (with a dressing up corner for kids and adults!) Explanations of local geology and early and prehistory, and the history of a local regiment (sorry forgot which one it was) local pottery. There appeared to be a lot of work going on to update the displays too. We spent a morning there, would have taken longer with children

Visited August 2014
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fab day out!”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Quite interactive! lots of things to see and do in there. Portrait gallery is beautiful. some bizarre and lovely exhibitions, took us about an hour and half to walk around. REALLY lovely, knowledgeable and helpful staff! Different exhibitions every so often too. never known them to have a dull one. :D Love it!

Visited July 2014
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Barton-upon-Humber, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“An unexpected delight”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

There was a lot to see and discover in a small building. We went as there was a special art exhibition by Joseph Wright, lived in the city, which was excellent and well worth the visit for that alone. The museum was very interesting and well displayed, with a work area for children/school parties and a talk being given by people dressed in clothing appropriate for the First World War, which a group of children were listening to for a school project. Very well presented.

Visited July 2014
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