Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

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Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

Tel: 01629. 533540

Entry / Cost: Admission is FREE but donations welcome (events may vary below for details)


What’s On Buxton Museum & Art Gallery – 2018 Events


Exhibition: HILL

When: 3rd March – 6th June 2018

Preview – Saturday 3rd March, 2–4pm, Meet the Artists: Saturday 24th March, Saturday 14th April and Saturday 12th May, 2–4pm

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • This is the story of one Derbyshire hill. To tell it, a gathering of artists have come together. Photographer Kate Bellis, poet Lucy Peacock, songwriter Carol Fieldhouse, film maker Gavin Repton and sculptor Sally Matthews have worked with the ‘Hill’ to tell its story, at this point in its millions of years of life.

Exhibition: Hills, Peaks and Dales

When: 21st April – 1st July 2018

Meet the Artist: Saturday 19th May, 2pm – 4pm

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Threadmill are a group of contemporary textile and mixed media artists based in the north west of England. The pieces in this exhibition interpret aspects of the Derbyshire countryside.

Family Fun – Marvelous Mosaics

When: 31st May 2018, 10am – 12 noon

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Be inspired by the patterns in our Ashford Black Marble display to make your own colourful paper mosaics. Allow 30 minutes to take part.

Meet the Experts

When: 10th – 13th July / 17th – 20th July 2018, at 1pm

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Drop-in for free lunchtime talks by museum and heritage specialists from Derbyshire and beyond, during Buxton International Festival. Pick up a programme at the museum, the Fringe Box Office (entrance to Pavilion Gardens during the festival or from the Buxton Museum website)

Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery programme

When: Programme continues in Autumn 2018 – dates coming soon

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: Friends members FREE, guests £3

  • Friends group host a programme of monthly Friday evening talks by guest speakers. More information can be found on the Friends pages on the Buxton Museum website.

The Derbyshire Open 2018

When: 23rd June – 31st August 2018

Preview: 22nd June, from 5pm with prize giving for children at 6.30pm and adults at 7.30pm

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Every year the museum invites professional and amateur artists of all ages to submit work that captures aspects of Derbyshire life and landscape and illustrates why the county is special to them. The exhibition is now in its 36th year and is the highlight of the museum summer programme.

Collectors and curiosities: Buxton and beyond | Exhibition to celebrate 125th birthday

When: 7th July – 6th October 2018

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Buxton Museum was founded in 1893 and moved to this building in 1928. To celebrate our birthday, we’re displaying some little-seen objects and artworks from the extensive collection. Discover pictures and artefacts, many from outside the Peak District, and the collectors who gave them to the museum..

  • Visit Buxton Museum to learn about the fascinating geology, archeology and history of the Peak District at the Wonders of the Peak exhibition – due to open in Spring 2017, the redevelopment of this exhibition will showcase more objects that ever before telling the story of Derbyshire lives and landscapes through its collection and providing material through digital interpretation.
  • Visitors will be able to explore four areas: caves, valleys, hills and pastures, discovering how the landscapes of the Peak District evolved and changed over time.
  • 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 will go on display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday 24th June until Friday 1st September 2017.
  • The art gallery has changing exhibitions and collections throughout the year showcasing local and national work.
  • 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 parties 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 will allow users to access and interact with specific objects and collections remotely and via mobile devices – more information will be available very soon.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Saturday 9.30am to 5pm

Sunday and bank holidays (from Easter to September) 10.30am to 5pm.

Last admission to the upstairs galleries is 15 minutes before closing time.

For more information, visit their website at derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/buxton_museum or you can follow the museum on Facebook: facebook.com/BuxtonMuseumandArtGallery


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Location, Map & How to find us

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.