Creswell Crags Museum
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- Free entry to exhibitions with National Art Pass.
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Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge with a honeycomb of caves that were occupied during the last Ice Age. The museum houses some of the rare items found there.
The caves provided shelter for nomadic humans between 55,000 and 10,000 years ago, and stone tools, worked bone items and the remains of animals (including a woolly mammoth, bison and reindeer) found there give some evidence about the lives of our ancestors.
There was great excitement in 2003 when engravings and bas reliefs of animals were found on the walls and ceilings of some of the caves – previously it had been thought that there were no examples of cave art in Britain. In the museum's permanent exhibition, you’ll find state-of-the-art displays showcasing some of the finds from the caves supplemented by loans from other institutions, including the British Museum.
Creswell has a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions in addition to mounting major tours of its caves. The Life in the Ice Age tour takes visitors to Robin Hood Cave and gives an overview of life in the area during the stone age period; the Rock Art tour, in Church Hole Cave, specifically looks at the celebrated engravings.
It is free to visit the Creswell Crags site and to walk around the lake and gorge, but there is a charge for the museum and for the Ice Age Cave Tour and the Rock Art Cave Tour, which run at weekends during Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire school holidays. There is a 25% discount with your National Art Pass.
The museum has a coffee shop serving a range of sandwiches, paninis, scones and cakes, while gifts, minerals, fossils and books on archaeology can be found in the gift shop. All areas of the museum (but not the caves) are accessible to wheelchair users.
Exhibition entry: free with National Art Pass (standard entry £3)
Ice Age Tour £4.87 with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.50)
Oct – Feb
Daily, 10am – 4.30pm
Mar – Sep
Daily, 10am – 5.30pm
Nov – Jan
Sat – Sun, 10am – 4.30pm