The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

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The county museum and gallery for Lincolnshire the Collection incorporates the Usher Gallery and the City and County Museum. The museum part of the enterprise is housed in a new, purpose-built building close to the Usher gallery in the city of Lincoln displaying internationally significant treasures from the area, including a 3-by-3-metre Roman mosaic.

Play at The Collection is a new activity centre for younger visitors to play and learn. Bright and engaging there's something for all younger children including toddlers, and a safe play space for babies.

Whether it's dressing up as a princess, a knight or even a dragon and then entering the Step Into a Portrait picture frame, or creating a work of art that might even make it onto the masterpiece wall, PLAY will inspire and delight your children in equal measure.

Eat at The Collection where the improvements to the cafe are striking and Lincoln's premier coffee people, Stokes, are now in residence in a much lighter and brighter cafe where you can relax whilst enjoying the finest in food and drink.

New at The Collection is the exhibition space in the open hall at the centre of the museum that features a changing exhibition of artefacts previously not seen in the museum. The first displays showcase an amazing array of arms and armour including a 16th Century suit of German armour and Samurai swords. The new displays also feature some beautiful fossils.

Whether your child likes dressing as a princess or you like looking at armour from days gone by, the new improvements at the museum are bound to impress and you can plan your next visit over a cup of Lincoln's finest brew.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Archaeological site

Opening hours

10am to 4pm seven days a week

Last Admission 3.45pm

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Admission charges


City and County Museum's currently contain over 2,000,000 objects. Any material from official archaeological excavations in Lincolnshire is eventually deposited at the museum so the collections are growing all the time.

The collections are not only important locally, but also regionally, nationally and internationally.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Coins and Medals, Design, Natural Sciences, Weapons and War, World Cultures, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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  • 14 May — 12 June 2016 *on now

Title is an exhibition which takes its inspiration from the titles of a series of images by Julia Margaret Cameron – widely regarded as the first female fine art photographer – held in the Tennyson archive in Lincoln.

Seven artists have been selected for their use of themes and processes in their practices which harmonise with Julia Margaret Cameron’s methods but may produce a totally different experience aesthetically. ‘Title’ is a contemporary response to the archaic language used by Julia Margaret Cameron and her peers

Artists in the exhibition include Angela Chalmers, Fiona Parkinson, Melly Em Clark, Michelle Forrest-Beckett, Ross Oliver, Louise Thomas, Laura Heath and the exhibition is curated by Emily Musgrave.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Lincs to the Past

Lincs to the Past

Our new website allows you to browse and buy images from Lincolnshire’s Cultural collections. You can also view exhibitions and learning resources. There are over 500,000 images available on the website including archive documents, maps and photographs.

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire
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General Enquiries


01522 782040

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