Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

The Shropshire Gallery
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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, Historic house or home, Gallery, Heritage site

See also

Opening hours

Daily 10am to 5.00pm.

From 5th October the Museum is closed on Mondays and from Tuesdays to Sundays it closes at 4.30pm.

Admission charges

£4.00 per adult
£3.50 per senior citizen
£2.00 per child (age 5-17) (Entry is free for children aged 0 to 4.)
£10.00 Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 5-17)
Season tickets, group rates and combined tickets available.
The Prehistory & Roman Gallery is free of charge to enter.

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. Virgin Trains runs two services a day (once on Sundays) between Shrewsbury and London. 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, open daily.
Lift to all floors.
Accessible toilets on every floor.

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.
Click the icons on the homepage at www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk for more details of our collections.

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, Photography, Trade and Commerce, Film and Media, Industry, Literature

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

'Archaeopteryx - The Missing Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds'

  • 22 July — 31 August 2015 *on now

This exhibition from the Department of Geology at the National Museum of Wales examines the history of the discovery of the famous Archaeopteryx specimens from the discovery of the first one in 1861 right up to the present day. Only eleven specimens of this famous ‘missing link’ have ever been found, and they all originate from the late Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of Germany, a lagerstätten, or rock showing fossils with exceptional preservation. The fine-grained rocks preserve details which are never usually seen fossilised. Insect wings, soft-bodied fossils and feathers are all equally well preserved. Archaeopteryx has long been known as the missing-link between dinosaurs and birds, and recent discoveries in China proving the existence of earlier feathered dinosaurs helps prove this evolutionary lineage.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets include the whole Museum & Art Gallery. Adult £4, senior £3.50, child £2, student £3.60, family £10.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/events/

Stationat St. Pancras, london in Brick City

'Brick City - The World's Most Iconic Buildings and Landmarks in LEGO'

  • 14 September — 11 October 2015

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world's favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. While to many, LEGO bricks are 'just a toy', to Warren Elsmore they provide a challenging and enjoyable modelling medium.
These LEGO models, however, don't resemble those you remember as a child. A master of his medium, these fabulously detailed models may contain thousands of pieces - or perhaps just a handful. Either way, using just LEGO bricks, Warren may create a model indistinguishable from the real thing, or evoke the spirit of a building in just a few small pieces.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets include the whole Museum & Art Gallery including 'Brick City'. Adult £4, Senior £3.50, child £2, student £3.60, family £10.

Stained glass window St Winifraede Church Newport

Exhibition of Stained Glass by Margaret Rope

  • 20 June — 11 September 2016

Margaret Agnes Rope, who was born and raised in Shrewsbury, was one of the greatest stained-glass artists of the early twentieth century, and her works can be seen all over the world.

Despite her obvious genius, her name is hardly remembered at all; and we hope this exhibition – the first dedicated solely to her work and times – will give her reputation the boost it deserves.

The Rope family were prominent in the town before the Second World War, and many local people may have knowledge, or even memories, of Doctor Rope and his wife and six children (of whom ‘Marga’ was one). Marga herself was something of a rebel in her Shrewsbury days – known for her cigar-smoking and for riding motorbikes!

However – hardly anything is known of the actual details of Margaret’s life. She left no records, as far as we know, nor did her family. We don’t even know what schooling she received as a child.
So, as we prepare and build up to the exhibition, there will be a lot of research and archive-studies into her life and works!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £4, child £2, senior £3.50, student £3.60, family £10.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/events/

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.
Chicken at Acton scott

'Luck's Weight - Poems and Photographs by Jean Atkin and Andrew Fusek Peters'

  • 13 July — 7 September 2015 *on now

Here are poems and photographs which explore the unique environment of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in Shropshire, a beautiful place farmed using only horsepower alongside traditional skills and tools.

Jean Atkin was Poet in Residence at the Farm from April to July 2014, funded by Arts Council England. Fellow poet and photographer Andrew Fusek Peters came along to take photographs at the Farm – and an exciting collaboration began.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in Museum & Art Gallery admission, tickets cost: Adult £4, senior £3.50, child (5-17) £2, student £3.60, family (2+3) £10.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/events/

Shrewsbury Square

A Summer Walk - Shrewsbury in the Age of Magna Carta

  • 26 August 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Join Dr Nigel Baker, historic town specialist, on an evening walk around Shrewsbury as he investigates the impact and remains of the volatile and violent opening of the early 13th Century in one of England's best preserved medieval towns. Dr. Nigel Baker FSA, freelance archaeologist and historic towns specialist first excavated in Shrewsbury in 1978 inside the Castle Gates Library. His most recent book on Shrewsbury was published by Oxbow in 2010.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets for the walk £5, child £3. To book contact museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk Tel: 01743 258881/258884 Walk starts outside Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in The Square, Shrewsbury.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

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

Lord Hill

Shropshire, Lord Hill & Waterloo200

http://docdroid.net/wbjc

A guide to events and places to visit associated with Lord Hill and The Battle of Waterloo.

Creator

  • Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery/Shropshire Council Tourism Team

Publisher

  • Shropshire Council

How to obtain

Download from the link

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. Virgin Trains runs two services a day (once on Sundays) between Shrewsbury and London. 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.

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

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

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.
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