Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA
T: 01629 533540
Entry / Cost: Admission is free. If you wish to, please leave a donation when you book your ticket. Your donations help the museum in many ways. To safely manage visitor numbers, visitors are now required to book tickets in advance (no walk-ins).
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Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm, last admissions: one hour before closing.
- Visitors are required to book tickets in advance to avoid over-crowding and enable social distancing (no-walk-ins). You don’t need to print anything out, just bring your device with the booking on it or a print out.
- In line with UK government guidance, various covid-secure measures are now in place to ensure visitors can enjoy their visit safely.
- Face coverings are to be worn by visitors through the entirety of their visit unless medically exempt or under the age of 11 years old.
- Public computers have been temporarily removed.
- Bookings: 10 minute arrival slots are available during opening hours (see above); please note the museum is closed for lunch between 1pm – 2pm. Please don’t miss your time slot, or you won’t be able to go in.
- Up to 6 people will be able to visit together as a group. There are ‘individual’ and ‘group’ tickets available.
- There is currently a maximum of 6 visitors per 30 minute slot.
- Track and trace: the information you give when you book will be kept for 21 days, for track and trace purposes and in the event the museum needs to contact you.
- The gift shop is open.
- The galleries and exhibitions have been refreshed but for safety reasons some things have been removed such as the dressing up box, children’s toys and activity sheets.
- Activity sheets and quizzes can be downloaded online here if you wish to print one out and bring it with you. Please bring your own pens and crayons.
Visit Buxton Museum to learn about the fascinating geology, archeology and history of the Peak District landscape at the Wonders of the Peak exhibition; the redevelopment of this exhibition in 2017 showcases more objects than ever before telling the story of Derbyshire lives and landscapes through its collection and providing material through digital interpretation.
Visitors are able to explore four areas: caves, valleys, hills and pastures, discovering how the landscapes of the Peak District evolved and changed over time. Don’t miss the amazing microscope where you can everything from shells, a fly, coins and more really close up! Feed the Buxton Bear a coin to hear him roar.
The art gallery has changing exhibitions and collections throughout the year showcasing local and national work.
The Derbyshire Open, an annual open art competition, is open to both amateur and professional artists and competition entrants are asked to capture an image of what Derbyshire means to the artist. An exhibition of finalists work goes on display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition in 2020 was postponed due to the current pandemic; more details on the next event are coming soon.
Regular programme of workshops and activities for families and children runs throughout the year and at key times such as Easter, summer holidays and Christmas.
School groups and young persons groups are welcome – get in touch with the museum prior to your visit if you wish to arrange specific activities.
The museum gift shop sells a wide range of gifts, toys, replicas and items inspired by the Wonders of the Peak exhibition, a large selection of colourful minerals and rocks, t-shirts, postcards, fossils, gifts made from decorative stones, local history and special interest books, soft toys and more.
Online access to the museum collections allows users to access and interact with specific objects and collections remotely and via mobile devices – click here for more.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the museum, why not join Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery? Independently run, they hold regular free monthly talks with notable speakers relating to science, art and history, followed by free refreshments. Members also receive invitations to previews of the museum’s temporary art exhibitions and opportunities to work with the museum and its collections. Find out more here. Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery events programme is currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Free Wi-fi is available throughout the museum and gallery. There is free short-term (40 minutes) parking on the road outside. The Slopes and the Market Place pay-and-display car parks are a few minutes’ walk away.
How to find us and parking
There is a limited free short-term (40 minutes) parking on the road directly outside the museum. Pay and display car parking is available near the museum (High Peak Borough Council – The Slopes and the Market Place). Buses stop a few minutes away on Terrace Road and the Market Place. The train station is 10mins walk from the museum. The museum is located across from The Slopes park and opposite the Town Hall. The exterior of the museum building features a small but distinctive mint green coloured pepper pot dome on top.
Exhibition: Across Time By Brian Nolan
A retrospective exhibition of works by the Hayfield watercolour artist, who died in 2019. Open until 4th September.
Exhibition: Full Circle – back where we began
By Susan Dodd and Penny Kealey, lifetime friends exploring their fascination for the strange, obscure and mystical. Open until 25th July.