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.
The T Rex is back

Museums at Night: Dinosaur Night

  • 19 May 2017 4:30-8:30pm

The museum will be open from 4pm to 8.30pm to host a special Dinosaur Night as part of Museums at Night.

The highlight will be a life-like animatronic T-Rex roaming the halls at 5pm and 8pm and a photo opportunity at 7pm.

Alongside a visit from the terrifying T-Rex, visitors can get stuck into loads of other activities including:
• Dinosaur craft activities
• Giant dinosaur egg photo opportunity – pose for photos inside a giant dinosaur egg
• Dinosaur trail around the museum – complete the trail and collect your reward!
• Fossil object handling
• Name the dinosaur – choose the correct name – prize to be won!

Younger children can have a picnic with the gentle and playful baby dinosaurs. This is limited to 35 places so please book early to enjoy this experience which includes meet the baby dinosaurs, a photo opportunity and picnic tea. Picnic tickets are £8.00 per child and must be booked in advance.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • Any age
  • 16-17


General admission to the event costs £5 for adults, £8 for children (3-18) and children 2 and under go free.

Baby Dinosaur Picnic Tickets cost £8.00 per child.

You can book tickets at the museum reception desk, by calling 01522 550965 or online.


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.