Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
The Music Hall
The Square
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 1LH
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

Website of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery including facilities and special events.

www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

E-mail

shrewsburymuseum@shropshire.gov.uk

Telephone

01743 258885

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.
The exterior of the Music Hall dates from 1840
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Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery re-located to The Music Hall and Vaughan's Mansion in April 2014. It is one of the museums run by the Visitor Economy Team at Shropshire Council. The collections were founded in 1835 as the museum of the Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society. There are five main galleries (Roman, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart and The Shropshire Gallery) and a Special Exhibition Gallery to explore. These tell the story of Shrewsbury and Shropshire from pre-history to the modern day.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site, Historic house or home

See also

Opening hours

Daily until 30th September: 1000-1700
From 1st October Tues-Sun 1000-16.30

Admission charges

Adult £4.00
Child (5-17) £2
Senior 60 £3.50
Student £3.60

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association
Getting there

By road: Take any road signed Shrewsbury off the A5/A49 by-pass and follow the signs for long stay parking in the town centre. Follow pedestrian signs to Museum & Art Gallery.

There are three Park & Ride sites at Harlescott, Meole Brace and Oxon which operate Mondays to Saturdays, every 10 to 15 minutes. Alight at High Street for Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

By rail: Trains run regularly to Shrewsbury railway station from Wales, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Chester, Crewe, Manchester etc. It's a 10 minutes walk to the Museum & Art Gallery.

By bus: the Bus Station is next to Smithfield Road and close to the railway station. bus timetables are on www.travelshropshire.co.uk

By cycle: Shrewsbury is a cycle friendly town. There are cycle racks outside the front of the Museum & Art Gallery.

Additional info

Visitor Information Centre
Cafe with inside and courtyard seating.
Lift to all floors.

The collections of Shrewsbury Museums Service comprise about 166,000 items including Geology, Natural History, Archaeology, Social History, Fine and Decorative Arts. These include collections of National and Regional Importance. Significant collections include excavated items from the Roman town of Viroconium at Wroxeter and large collections of Caughley and Coalport Porcelain.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
An exhibition about products made in Shrewsbury

Made in Shrewsbury

  • 24 May — 19 October 2014 *on now

This display celebrates the companies whose goods were made in Shrewsbury over the last 200 years - from steam trucks to swim suits. It also celebrates the people who made them, sharing their memories as well as mementoes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £4.00, senior £3.50, child £2.00 includes the entire Museum & Art Gallery inc special exhibitions.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/events/made-shrewsbury/

Edward Burne-Jones 'Pygmalion and the image - the Heart Desires'

Exposed: The Body in Art from Durer to Freud

  • 15 September 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

As well as looking at how the body has been a focus of artistic observation throughout history, the display picks out examples that depict visions of an 'ideal body', mutations of the body and how the body has been used as a vehicle for imagination and fantasy. Other notable artists whose works are featured include Albrecht Dürer, Helen Chadwick and Lucian Freud. Over 500 years of art history will be on display from 1498 to 2009.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adult £4, senior £3.50, child 5-17 £2.00

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Museum-Events-Guide-PDF.pdf

Secret Egypt unravels truth from myth

Secret Egypt - Unravelling Truth From Myth

  • 24 January — 26 April 2015

The exhibition contains 150 objects including statuary, coffins, stelae, ceramics, jewellery and animal and human mummies. These are presented in an exciting and thought-provoking way asking six key questions that reflect modern misconceptions and areas of controversy around the subject of ancient Egypt. These include: Beware the mummy’s curse? Were the Egyptians obsessed with death? Did aliens build the pyramids?
Secret Egypt has been produced by Birmingham Museums Trust in partnership with The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and supported by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £4.00, senior £3.50, child 5-17 £2.00, includes the entire Museum & Art Gallery including special exhibition.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Museum-Events-Guide-PDF.pdf

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.
Wedding Fayre Oct 1st

Wedding Fayre

  • 1 October 2014 5:30-9pm

Join us for an evening to discover how Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery can cater for your special day. Meet quality suppliers of bridal wear, catering, photography, vehicles and much more in our Wedding Fayre on the Balcony overlooking the Music Hall, now The Shropshire Gallery.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission free

Website

http://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2014/08/couples-offered-chance-to-get-married-in-medieval-mansion-in-the-heart-of-shrewsbury/

Talk by Victoria Osborne

Talk about 'Exposed-the Body in Art'

  • 2 October 2014 2:30-5pm

Victoria Osborne was the lead curator in the development and presentation of the exhibition 'Exposed-The Body in Art', currently on show at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until 4th January 2015. She will give a unique insight into the thinking behind the planning of this display and of the importance of the presentation of the body in art over the last 500 years. After the talk there will be a guided tour of the exhibition in the Museum & Art Gallery.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Claremont Baptist church
Claremont Street
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 1QG

Getting there

In the centre of Shrewsbury, 10 minutes walk from Shrewsbury Bus and Rail stations. Park and Ride bus from 3 sites on the edge of Shrewsbury.

Admission

Tickets £3.00, free to Friends of the Museum & Art Gallery

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

My Dearest Girls: Helen's Story at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery 7th October

My Dearest Girls: Helen's Story

  • 7 October 2014 12-12:30pm, 2-2:30pm, 4-4:30pm

Researched in Shropshire Archives, and based on real letters sent between six young Shropshire women friends between 1917-1920. Helen's Story is a 30 minute piece that tells the tale of one of them; a farmer's daughter in Much Wenlock. Through her own words we hear about women working on the land, the impact of the war on family and farm and her personal wait for news from The Front. Performed by Francesca Millican Slater. There are three performances at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Included in the admission price to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Adult £4, senior £3.50, child £2. Tickets need to be pre-booked via the Museum & Art Gallery.

Website

http://www.artsalive.co.uk/show.aspx?id=1558

Field Notes

Field Notes

  • 24 October 2014 From 7:30pm

An evening of creative magic with internationally renowned artists. Using old county maps and graphic scores as common starting points, composer Howard Skempton and artist Matthew Harris have each created a brand new work for this performance. Savour hearing world-class musicians performing in an intimate space in an informal atmosphere. Programme includes Skempton’s new piece, Field Notes, and short pieces by other leading composers. Harris’ freestanding intricate and layered textile artwork can be viewed and enjoyed up close. There's also a ‘behind-the-scenes’ film of the collaboration and the chance to meet and talk to the artists. Watch the ‘behind-the-scenes’ film at http://vimeo.com/88741371

Telegraph review http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/10702494/Its-not-Ambridge-but-it-is-a-village-hall-spectacular.html

Website http://fieldnotestour.co.uk/

Presented by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Craftspace and Arts Alive. Supported by the Arts Council of England

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: Adult £10, child £5. Suitable for adults and older children.
Book online at http://www.artsalive.co.uk/venue.aspx?id=386 or call Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on 01743 258885.

Website

http://www.artsalive.co.uk/venue.aspx?id=386

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.

Darwin Country educational website

http://www.darwincountry.org

Life-long Learning multi-disciplinary website about the part of the West Midlands and Wales broadly centered on Shrewsbury, the County Town of Shropshire and Birthplace of Charles Darwin. The first phase of this project focusses particularly on the 18th/19th centuries including nearly 3000 images of pictures, ceramics and other items from the collections of Shrewsbury Museums Service, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and the Wedgwood Museum. However, the site is under continuing expansion and includes hundreds of images of prehistoric and later archaeological artefacts.

Creator

  • Shrewsbury Museums Service
  • Orangeleaf Systems Ltd.
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
  • Wedgwood Museum

Publisher

  • Shrewsbury Museums Service

Discover Shropshire's History

http://www.shropshirehistory.org.uk/

Discover Shropshire's History brings together the collections of Shropshire Museums, Archives and Monument Record alongside those of community groups and organisations to privide a wealth of historical information about Shropshire.

Events Guide cover

Events Guide

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Museum-Events-Guide-PDF.pdf

Events, exhibitions and more from August 2014 to April 2015 including Exposed and Secret Egypt.

Creator

  • Published by Shropshire Council

Publisher

  • Shropshire Council

How to obtain

From Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and local outlets.

The Shropshire Gallery at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Photo library at Flickr.com

https://www.flickr.com/photos/114658378@N03/sets/72157641162793754/

Some images of the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery following its £10m restoration.

Creator

  • Shropshire Council

Publisher

  • Shropshire Council

How to obtain

From www.flickr.com

Getting there

By road: Take any road signed Shrewsbury off the A5/A49 by-pass and follow the signs for long stay parking in the town centre. Follow pedestrian signs to Museum & Art Gallery.

There are three Park & Ride sites at Harlescott, Meole Brace and Oxon which operate Mondays to Saturdays, every 10 to 15 minutes. Alight at High Street for Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

By rail: Trains run regularly to Shrewsbury railway station from Wales, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Chester, Crewe, Manchester etc. It's a 10 minutes walk to the Museum & Art Gallery.

By bus: the Bus Station is next to Smithfield Road and close to the railway station. bus timetables are on www.travelshropshire.co.uk

By cycle: Shrewsbury is a cycle friendly town. There are cycle racks outside the front of the Museum & Art Gallery.

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