Established in 1879, the Derby Museum and Art Gallery is found in the heart of Derby city centre. The official opening of Derby’s artistic display was conducted three years later in 1882. The gallery is known for showcasing the many paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby as well as a large display of Royal Crown Derby. It is not only art that is present here, other works to be found here fall under the categories of archaeology, geology, natural history and military collections.
The start of the museum can be pinpointed to the formation of Derby Town and County Museum and Natural History Society in 1836, a private society funded by its members. The Derby Museum and Art Gallery was transferred over to the Derby Corporation, however, in 1870. During this change of hands, the gallery faced difficulties finding a venue for the collections, putting the opening on hold till 1879.
The Derby Museum and Art Gallery is run and funded by the Derby Museum which is a charitable trust responsible for the rich culture and creative history of Derby. They also manage the Pickford’s House and The Silk Mill, which are two other landmarks that should be on your must visit list in Derbyshire.
The main roads leading into the city centre of Derby are the A58 and A516. Both these roads lead on to the A601 in which there are many routes which bring you to The Strand where the Derby Museum and Art Gallery is situated. There is a car park just up the road on Bold Lane which has ample spaces for visitors.
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Did you know a substantial collection of paintings were donated but Alfred E. Goodey, an art collector of 50 years, as well a large monetary donation after his death in 1945?