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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Afternoon Tea with Rex

  • 19 May 2018 3-3:45pm

Join us for an afternoon filled with fun and games with Rex!

3 pm – 3.45 pm

In the Usher Gallery

£25 per child (suitable for 4 to 10 year olds)
Limited to 25 places – book early to avoid disappointment.

Ticket includes:
- 30 minutes with the T-Rex
- Afternoon Tea
- Dinosaur Goody Bag (including a complimentary ticket to the Museums at Night main event)
- Fun and Games

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10


£25 per child (suitable for 4 to 10 year olds)
Limited to 25 places – book early to avoid disappointment.


Museums at Night – The T-Rex Returns

  • 19 May 2018 4-8pm

Saturday 19th May 2018
4 pm – 8 pm at The Collection

Ticket prices
Adults: £6
Children £9

Ticket includes:

- Walk with a real Dinosaur!
- Meet the newly-hatched baby Dinosaurs
- Craft activities
- Giant Egg Photo Opportunity
- Dinosaur Egg Trail
- Films

Optional extras*:
- Fossil Object Handling and Big Dig
- Face Painting
- Name the Dinosaur
*additional charges apply

What's on...

- Doors open at 4 pm-
- 4.15 pm – 4.45 pm Meet the newly hatched baby dinosaurs
- 4.45 pm – 6.05 pm Film: Dinotopia* (2002) U
- 5.15 pm – 5.45 pm T-Rex appearance
- 6.15 pm - 6.45 pm Meet the newly hatched baby dinosaurs
- 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm Film: Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie* (2013) U
- 7.15 pm – 7.45 pm T-Rex appearance

Stokes Café at The Collection, PLAY and the museum galleries will be open all evening.
Face painting, object handing, big dig, craft activities and egg trail available all evening.
*Free tickets issues on a first come first served basis

Suitable for

  • Any age


Ticket prices
Adults: £6
Children £9


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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.