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Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Based in Derby City Centre, the Derby Museum and Art Gallery was established in 1879 along with Derby Central Library. The Derby Museum & Art Gallery is home to a great range of nationally important collections. But most importantly it holds the world’s largest collection of work by the 18th Century artist Joseph Wright, born in Derby in 1734. Joseph Wright is an internationally renowned artist, famed as a “painter of light” and for his association with key members of the intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. He is now considered to be one of Britain’s most interesting and wide-ranging painters. Wright’s art collection can be seen on the walls of some of the most famous galleries, such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tate Britain but the largest, permanent collection of paintings is displayed in Derby – I’d recommend not missing out on seeing the spectacular ‘Orrery’ painting.

The Derby Museum & Gallery is easily accessible to all and you’ll be happy to know it is free to enter and there is no need to pre-book. I would also recommend stopping by at the gift shop, which supports local makers and includes ranges of local tipples, ceramics and handmade crafts, to toys.

So why not take a visit this summer, it really is the perfect family day out.

The Museum of Making

This is a museum of industry and history, located in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a contemporary space which tells the story of Derby’s 300-year history of making to inspire creativity on what is regarded as the site of the world’s first factory.

You’ll be happy to hear that the entry to the Museum of Making is free and you do not need to pre-book for general admission but I would advise booking for those special exhibitions.

There’s plenty to explore when visiting but make sure you look out for the rare Lowry painting ‘Houses near a Mill’ that was originally bought for £42 but is now worth an estimated £1 million! I would also recommend looking out for the Railways Revealed exhibition which shows the impact of railways on Derby’s landscape.

As well as the many exhibitions, there is the River Kitchen at Museum of Making, which is the perfect place to relax, serving fresh, seasonal and local food. There is a real focus on produce that stems from the Derbyshire heritage. Check out the menu ahead of your visit.

Also, for those of you who have a Museum of Making membership and are looking for somewhere creative to work, there is co-working space available at The Prospect, situated on the top floor. There are not only desk spaces available but a fully kitted workshop with CNC machine, laser cutters and textiles and workbenches to rent out by the hour!

Looking for Accommodation in Derby?

When booking your next stay in Derby why not book with Pride Apartments.

Some of the benefits:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Netflix
  • Free, gated car parking onsite
  • Complimentary drinks
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Spacious
  • Comfy beds
  • Work areas
  • Fully equipped kitchens

If you’re interested in staying in Derby and need some spacious accommodation, give Jas at Pride Apartments a call on 01332 5100, or email, as you will get the best price if you Book Direct.

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