Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Shropshire, SY1 1QH
The museum uses a 'variety show' of ways to inspire new thinking about heritage.
The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery occupies the old Music Hall - an extraordinary complex of buildings featuring a rare medieval stone mansion that is the only one of its kind in this region.
The museum, founded in 1835 and previously located at Rowley's House, has worked with leading specialists to rethink how it presents its historic collection. Contemporary artists have been invited to reinterpret life in Shropshire through the ages, while new technologies invite the chance to see objects from different perspectives.
There are galleries devoted to prehistoric and Roman artefacts, the Medieval and Tudor period and the political and religious turmoil of the Stuart era. Included within these spaces are 300,000 items ranging from fossilised rain drops to Queen Victoria’s stockings, encompassing geology, archaeology, social history, arts and photography.
In the main auditorium, the Shrewsbury Gallery tells key stories about Shropshire's history, which was at the heart of the scientific revolution in the 19th century.