Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

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

T: 01629. 533540

W: derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/buxton_museum



What’s On & Events

Exhibition: Artwork 2018

When: 1st December 2018 – 23rd February 2019, Preview: 30th November 2018, 6pm – 7pm

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Staff and students from two Buxton secondary schools are delighted to present the very best work
    from their art examination courses. Pupils deliver a high standard at both GCSE and A Level, through
    portraits, landscapes, still life and 3D pieces.

Exhibition: The Wonders of Life – Tesni Ward

When: 13th October 2018 – 5th January 2019, Preview: 13th October, 2pm – 4pm, Meet the Artist: 17th November, 2pm – 4pm

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Working intimately with some of the most elusive and misunderstood wildlife gives local photographer Tesni Ward a unique insight into their world. The character and personality of each animal shines through in her photographs, many of which are taken in the Peak District.

Exhibition: Lt. Doulgas Marshall Rigby – A Celebration of His Life, His Family & His Art

When: 15th September  – 10th November 2018

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • One hundred years ago, almost to the day, Lt. Douglas Marshall Rigby was killed in the Great War.  From early September this year, the fallen soldier’s family will have realised their aim to publicly exhibit his remarkable paintings, for the first time. Over 60 watercolours of Northern landscapes, sketches and caricatures will be exhibited simultaneously in the three towns* most closely associated to in his life: in Chester where he enlisted into the Cheshire Regiment, in Knutsford, where he and his family moved to shortly before the war began, and in Buxton where he went to school, grew up and loved the hills around the area.

Workshop: Family fun – bats about bats

When: 1st November 2018, 10am – 12 noon

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Make finger puppets of your favourite creatures of the night with local artist Sarah Males. Free, drop in, allow 30 minutes to take part..

Exhibition: Lullaby of the Larks by Kidology Arts

When: 8th September – 20th October 2018, Preview: 8th September, 2pm – 4pm, Meet the Artists: 20th October, 2pm – 4pm

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • This multi-sensory exhibition commemorates the massacre at Fin Cop, an Iron Age hill fort near Ashford-in-the-Water. Featuring original music by composer Amanda Johnson and drawings by artist Richard Johnson, it is the culmination of their artistic residency at the museum.

Exhibition: Collectors and curiosities: Buxton and beyond

When: 7th July – 6th October 2018

Where: Buxton Museum

Entry / Cost: FREE

  • Buxton Museum was founded in 1893 and moved to the current building in 1928. To celebrate their birthday the exhibition will feature 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.

Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery programme

When: 2018/19

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

Entry / Cost: Friends members FREE, guests £3

Programme of Talks 2018-19:

Sept 28th History & Development of the Japanese Garden – Patsy Rayner

Oct 26th   Forward is For Armed, Royal Observer Corps – David Skelton

Nov 23rd  The West & the Middle East, The Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq & Syria in Perspective – Gareth Howell

Dec 22nd  From Dog Rose to Artist & Gallery Owner, A road less Travelled – Rachel Pinks

Feb 22nd   Life & times of an Auctioneer & Finds to Remember – Charles Hanson

Mar 29th  Wildlife in the Peak – Christine Gregory

Apr 26th   People, Pot & Plaster, 10 years of Castleton Archaeology

May 31st  Russia and its History – Cathy McAteer

  • Friends of Buxton Museum & Art Gallery 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 where you download a membership form.


  • 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.

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

Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (Sundays and bank holidays, from Easter to September 12 noon to 4pm)

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

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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.