Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Nottingham Castle
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A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of contemporary, fine and decorative arts, plus fifteen centuries of Nottingham history. All housed in a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle with spectacular views of the city. Home to WFR Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum - an informative museum charting the history of a local regiment, who are now part of the Mercian Regiment.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday 3rd November 2014- Friday 13th February 2015
Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Last paid admittance into the Castle grounds is one hour before closing time, and last entrance to the shops, café and museums is 30 minutes before closing time.
The Castle is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in these winter months.

High Season - 14 February 2015 to 2 November 2015
Open Monday - Sunday 10am - 5PM

Admission charges

Adults - £5.50
Concessions (under 16s, over 60s and UK students) - £4
Under 5s - FREE
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £15
Groups - 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased
City residents with a valid Citycard can gain entry on weekdays for just £1 (excluding Bank Holidays). These £1 tickets are valid on the day of purchase only
Carers accompanying disabled visitors will remain free of charge

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Corinna Spencer: Portrait of a Lady

  • 19 September 2015 — 17 January 2016 *on now

Love and obsession are central to Corinna Spencer’s work. Through portraiture she explores the effects and manifestations of fixation or romantic love from both sides of a relationship, whether real or fictional.

Portrait Of A Lady is an ambitious installation of over 1000 unique paintings, created specifically for the Castle’s South Hall stairwell. Celebrating the unidentified or unknown female sitter throughout art history and popular culture, Portrait of a Lady also features the Photo Booth Girls painting series, four of which were selected for the Nottingham Castle Open 2014, and are exhibited here in full for the first time.

Portrait of a Lady, commissioned by Nottingham Castle as recipient of the Nottingham Castle Open Solo Show Prize in 2014, is Spencer’s first major solo presentation of work in a Public gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age


P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author

  • 21 November 2015 — 7 February 2016 *on now

Peter Henry Emerson (b. Cuba 1856 – d. UK 1936) was one of the most pioneering photographers – and opinionated writers – of the late 19th century. His interests were eclectic, and included medicine, sports, genealogy, anthropology, and ornithology. Between 1881 and 1895 he devoted his life to photography and writing about rural life in East Anglia, particularly the Norfolk Broads.

Defined by one critic as “The Courbet of England”, Emerson argued for naturalism in photography and developed influential photographic techniques, such as ‘selective focus’. Inspired by early theories of perception, he wanted to preserve the way the human eye sees nature – not as sharply as a photographic lens. His fervent and public opposition to other, more ‘artificial’, Victorian photographers, such as Henry Peach Robinson, has become a classic episode in the history of photography. Unexpectedly, in 1890 Emerson recanted his view that photography was an art, although he continued to publish incredible pictorial books, accompanying his images with his writing until 1895.

With works drawn from the V&A and the Castle’s own collections, and presented in our new temporary exhibition gallery, this exhibition explores the artist’s modes of presenting his photographs to the public. Published as exquisite portfolios of photogravures, or as beautiful bound pictorial books, or as stand-alone large scale prints, the objects on display will reveal Emerson’s fascinating editorial vision and intriguing writings. Furthermore, the inclusion of archival documents from the V&A will shed light on the ways in which Emerson carefully controlled the circulation of his work.

Suitable for

  • Any age


A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution from the V&A

  • 21 November 2015 — 17 January 2016 *on now

This exhibition looks at a century of posters agitating for political change, drawn from the V&A collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest and featuring the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives. A series of talks and lectures will accompany this exhibition, including brand new commissions by Nottingham-based artist Jake Kent and print collective Dizzy Ink who have responded to the themes of the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Leonardo da Vinci: Ten Drawings from the Royal Collection

  • 13 February — 24 April 2016

Throughout 2016, ten of the finest drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection will travel to four museums and galleries across the United Kingdom and Ireland in a new exhibition.

The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist's interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, mapmaking and anatomy, as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint.

Through drawing, Leonardo attempted to record and understand the world around him. He maintained that an image transmitted knowledge more accurately and concisely than any words. Nonetheless, many of his drawings are extensively annotated, including the sheet of Studies for casting the equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza, c.1492–4, and the double-sided page from a notebook of anatomical studies, The heart compared to a seed and The vessels of the liver, spleen and kidneys, c.1508.

There are almost 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection. They were originally bound into a single album, which was probably acquired in the 17th century by Charles II. Beyond the 20 or so surviving paintings by Leonardo, the artist's drawings are the main source of our knowledge of this extraordinary Renaissance man and his many activities.

Leonardo's drawings are the richest, most wide-ranging, most technically brilliant, and most endlessly fascinating of any artist.

The exhibition is on show at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne from 13 February – 24 April 2016, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin from 4 May – 17 July 2016, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery from 30 July – 9 October 2016 and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea from 15 October 2016 – 6 January 2017.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
off Friar Lane




Main Castle Phone and Booking Line

0115 8761400

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