Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Free to all

Explore art, porcelain and history at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, which features a collection of work by 18th Century artist Joseph Wright.

The Derby Museum and Art Gallery, established in 1879, is a haven for those curious about Derby's past and artistic heritage. Located in the heart of the city's Cathedral Quarter, the museum boasts a diverse collection that encompasses porcelain, military, natural history, and world art.

Joseph Wright Gallery

One of the museum's highlights is the Joseph Wright Gallery, housing the world's largest collection of works by this celebrated 18th-century painter. Immerse yourself in Wright of Derby's mastery of light and shadow, evident in his captivating landscapes and portraits.

Porcelain collection

The museum also showcases a significant collection of Royal Crown Derby porcelain, a renowned brand with a long history in the city. Alongside these pieces are more everyday 20th Century wares from Denby and T.G. Green.

Replica room

Using original wood panelling and period furniture, the museum houses a replica of the room in Exeter House where Charles Edward Stuart, also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, held his Jacobite Council of War in 1745. The room tells the story of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 and the role Derby played in this defining moment in history.

Other nearby museums include Pickford's House Museum and Garden and the Museum of Making which was a Museum of the Year finalist in 2022.

Visitor information


Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The Strand, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 1BS
01332 641901

Free to all

Opening times

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday - 12.00pm – 4.00pm

For Bank Holiday and Christmas opening times please check the website.

Visitor information

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