Pickford's House Museum

Pickford's House Museum and Garden

Free to all

Pickford's House Museum in Derby tells the story of the Enlightenment architect, Joseph Pickford, who designed the Georgian house and made it his home.

Built in 1770 by Pickford as his family home, the house is now a museum offering a glimpse into domestic life across centuries. Explore the beautifully preserved rooms, each decorated and furnished to reflect a specific period, from the grandeur of the 18th century to the evolving styles of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Upstairs and downstairs

Pickford's House offers a fascinating contrast between the lives of the family and their servants. Wander through the grand dining room, drawing room, and bedrooms, imagining the Pickford family going about their daily routines.

Downstairs you can explore the recreated kitchen, laundry, and servants' quarters to learn about the realities of life running the household. Pickford's House even has a recreated air raid shelter in the cellar, a poignant reminder of the building's history during World War II.

Beyond the house walls

Step outside the house and into the delightful Georgian garden. Modelled on a French parterre, the symmetrical design features flowerbeds and walkways.

A world of miniatures

On the top floor of the house lives the magical toy theatre room, where you can see exquisite set-models of Sleeping Beauty, Treasure Island, Little Red Riding Hood and more.

Looking for more to see and do in Derby? Why not investigate the nearby Derby Museum and Art Gallery or Royal Crown Derby Museum.

Visitor information


Pickford's House Museum and Garden

41 Friar Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 1DA
01332 641901

Free to all

Opening times

Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm

For Bank Holiday and Christmas opening times please check the website

Visitor information

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