Due to open in 2021, the Museum of Making celebrates innovation in Derby over the last 300 years.

Located on the historic site of Derby Silk Mill – a key part of the industrial revolution – the Museum of Making is the most recent addition to the Derby Museums family. Taking a closer look at the city of Derby and surrounding areas, the focus here is on innovation and creativity, celebrating the rich history of invention in the area.

Developed in tandem with Derby’s own industries and individuals, the people of Derby have helped to mould how the museum will work for visitors, making it exceptionally unique. The museum will have a rolling programme of exhibitions, events, workshops and activities plus a museum shop and café.

From the world’s smallest engine run using a human hair, to a seven tonne Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine suspended in the atrium, there will be 30,000 objects for the public to enjoy. The treasure trove of objects will be displayed according to the materials they were made from, enabling visitors to create their own bespoke journey through the collections.

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Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill

Free to all

Silk Mill Lane, Derby, DE1 3AF

01332 641901


Opening times

Tuesday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm

Friday 10.00am – 7.00pm

Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm

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