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

www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

E-mail

shrewsburymuseum@shropshire.gov.uk

Telephone

01743 258885

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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

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4.30pm.

Closed on Mondays from October through to Easter but we offer a guided tour on Mondays for normal admission price, 11:30 start. Allow up to 2 hours free time.

The Pre-History & Roman Gallery is open as normal (Monday – Sunday). Free admission.

(Occasionally the Gallery will be closed for maintenance work.)
- See more at: http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/visiting/#sthash.zR1dXVqb.dpuf

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.)
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. 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.
*New* The Joseph Gibson Gallery on the ground floor, open Tues-Sunday

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.
WWI exhibition

'Wilfred Owen and Other War Poets'

  • 4 December 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

In November 2014 the students took part together in a week-long programme of events looking at World War I and developed a piece of collaborative artwork based on the messages and work of local war poet Wilfred Owen.

The work that the students have produced will cause visitors to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to stop and think how the lives of their predecessors were so irrevocably scarred or erased by the war. These were young men and women, like themselves, who witnessed warfare on a previously unprecedented, industrial scale.

Carl Jaycock is a Shropshire-based artist who has previously worked with the museum and undertaken commissions for the Houses of Parliament as artist in residence. As well as instructing and guiding the students, Carl brought their work together to produce a large collage of Wilfred Owen made out of hundreds of passport strip photographs of the students interacting with museum artefacts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in Museum & Art Gallery ticket prices: Adult £4, child (5-17) £2, student £3.60, senior 60+ £3.50

Website

https://shropshire.gov.uk/news/2014/12/world-war-i-art-exhibition-goes-on-display-at-shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery/

Secret Egypt poster

Secret Egypt - Unravelling Truth From Myth

  • 24 January — 26 April 2015 *on now

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.

Secret Egypt has been produced by Birmingham Museums Trust in partnership with The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and supported by Arts Council England. It is sponsored by Lanyon Bowdler. The Museum & Art Gallery including the exhibition is closed on Mondays until 16th February.

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.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/01/24/the-secrets-of-ancient-egypt-unravelled-in-shrewsbury/

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.
Cabinet of Curiosity

Exhibition: 'Curiosity, re:collect Interventions’

  • 8 November 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

The Cabinet is one of a series of works from artists in the group that will be displayed in the museum as part of the ‘Curiosity, re:collect Interventions’ exhibition.

Liz Turner, re:collect sculptor who built the Cabinet, said:

“There will be tiny spaces and secret places for visitors to discover the contemporary artworks and artefacts hidden in drawers or playing on miniature screens inside.

“re:collect are thrilled to be exhibiting in the new museum and we welcome comments from visitors on the work”.

“These artworks are inspired by the Museum’s collections and the history of Shropshire including Wroxeter Roman City, Iron Age Hill Forts, artefacts from the Bronze Age, and geology, as well as the ebb and flow of ideas, objects and people over centuries. As the box goes on tour the contents will change to suit each location and the Cabinet will accumulate new treasures”.

Admission to the ‘Curiosity, re:collect Interventions’ exhibition is included in the entry price of the Museum. It is supported by Arts Council England, Shropshire Council and the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

The artists will also be holding talks and workshops at the museum over the next few months. For more information visit www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk.

For more information about the Cabinet tour and re:collect, email liz@sculpturelogic.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in admission charge to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery: Adult £4, senior £3.50, student £3.60, child (5-17) £2, under 5 free.

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

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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