Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

Buxton Museum

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 will still be required to book tickets in advance. Walk-ins are now available, depending on capacity on the day.

Book your FREE visit at: eventbrite.co.uk/o/buxton-museum-and-art-gallery

Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm, last admissions: 4pm

COVID-19 Information

  • Visitors are still required to book tickets in advance to avoid over-crowding and enable social distancing. Walk-ins are now available, depending on capacity on the day. You don’t need to print anything out, just bring your device with the booking on it or a print out.
  • Various covid-secure measures currently remain in place to ensure visitors can enjoy their visit safely.
  • Face coverings: although face coverings are no longer a legal requirement in indoor settings, museum staff are continuing to wear face coverings to protect themselves, visitors and their services.
  • Public computers have been temporarily removed.
  • Bookings: 10 minute arrival slots are available during opening hours; 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. One booking admits 1 – 6 people. Whether you are an individual or a group visiting together, only one booking slot is needed to admit everyone.
  • Track and trace: Although it is no longer a legal requirement for venues to request that customers and visitors (over the age of 16 years of age) either ‘check in’ using the NHS COVID-19 app, OR, *leave their name, phone number or email address or postal address upon arrival, museum staff will continue to encourage this to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This will support NHS Test and Trace to contact people exposed to COVID-19, so that they can book a test. *The information will be kept for 21 days exclusively for the purpose of Track and Trace.
  • 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 and children’s toys.
  • Additional 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.

Latest Events

Exhibition: Hidden depths

This exhibition is linked by a common theme of having been inspired by the social and natural history of Buxton, the surrounding countryside, historical facades, legends and architecture. The artists use a range of techniques to create unique work that demonstrates both the aesthetics of modern contemporary design and decorative surface stitch.

When: 31st July 2021 – 26th September 2021.

Entry / Cost: Free

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