Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Rowley's House, Barker Street


Darwin Country educational website



01743 361196


01743 358411

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Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (formerly known as Rowley's House Museum) is part of the Shropshire Museums group. The collections were founded in 1835 as the museum of the Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society. The museum is housed in a fine 16th/17th century building, part timber-framed former warehouse and part brick and stone mansion. The museum provides long-term displays relating to Shrewsbury, the county of Shropshire and its hinterland. Also an active programme of Special Exhitions and Events including Contemporary Art.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat: 1000-1700

Admission charges


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

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Darwin Country educational website

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.


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Discover Shropshire's History

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.