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

From 3rd October 2016 - Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm.
Sundays 11am to 4pm. Last admission or re-admission 3pm.
Closed on Mondays.
From October the Visitor Information Centre closes at 4pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays.

Admission charges

£4.50 per adult
£4.00 per person of state pension age
£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)
£7.00 Family ticket (1 adult and up to 3 children aged 5-17)
Groups 12+ people - adult £4,00, person of state pension age £3.50, child (5-17) £1.50.
The Prehistory & Roman Gallery is free of charge to enter.
See website for updates.
Season ticket valid for 1 year - adult £25, 2 adults £35. Concessions for people of state pension age, students, families and children.

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.
Two for one admission to Museum & Art Gallery for rail passengers here:-
https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/shrewsbury-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
Stop. 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

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.
An image of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery's logo.

Talks Programme - Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

  • 25 September 2018 From 6pm
  • 10 October 2018 From 3:30pm
  • 24 October 2018 From 3:30pm
  • 3 November 2018 From 11am, From 2pm
  • 14 November 2018 From 3:30pm
  • 9 January 2019 From 3:30pm
  • 10 February 2019 From 2:30pm
  • 12 March 2019 From 3:30pm
  • 10 April 2019 From 3:30pm

Tuesday 25 September after the AGM at 18.00

Cerin Richardson, Acting Arts Officer Shropshire Council ‘ The Work of the Arts Officer’

Cerin will talk about her work, which encompasses involvement across the spectrum of all the arts initiatives promoted by Shropshire Council. She has recently been very much involved in the WO100 programme of events commemorating Wilfred Owen and the centenary of the end of the first World War.



Wednesday 10 October at 15.30

Phyllida Shaw ‘An Artist’s War – the Art and Letters of Morris and Meredith Williams’

Phyllida will share the First World War sketchbooks of her great uncle Morris Meredith Williams and his correspondence with his sculptor wife, Alice, during his three years with the the army in France. After the war the two artists worked together on several war memorials, including the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

Her recent book ‘An Artists War’ has received wide acclaim.



Wednesday 24 October at 15.30

Andrew Bannerman ‘None that go return again’; a talk with readings focused on the work of Wilfred Owen.

Andrew Bannerman, well known to us as an inspirational teacher, producer and actor, will give us a talk as part of the WO100 programme focusing on Owen’s life and the conditions that gave rise to his poetry.



Saturday 3 November at 11.00 and 14.00

‘Owen Aloud’ – readings of Wilfred Owen’s poems at the Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury – free entry to the public.



Wednesday 14 November at 15.30

Bob Fowke ‘Robert Clive and Shropshire’.

Bob is a well known author of children’s history books but recently he has focused on the life of Robert Clive, both in India and in Britain. In this talk Bob will talk about the somewhat controversial life of Clive when he lived in Shropshire.



Wednesday 9 January at 15.30

Peter Reavill of the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme on ‘Recent Archaeological Finds in Shropshire – and the work of the British Museum’s Scheme’.

Peter will update us on some of the highly important archaeological finds that have been made recently in the county.



Sunday 10 February at 14.30

the Darwin Memorial Lecture, in the Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn – tickets must be bought from the theatre.

Peter Moore – ‘Robert FitzRoy: a Napoleon or a Nelson?’

“Charles Darwin’s captain on HMS Beagle was no ordinary man. The grandson of a prime minister, nephew to Lord Castlereagh and a superb sailor, when a young Darwin met FitzRoy in 1831 he was overwhelmed by FitzRoy’s bravery. energy and generosity ‘to all under his sway’. It was the beginning of a long acquaintance that passed from friendship to animosity. FitzRoy’s many virtues were outset by a violent, ungovernable temper and an impetuous streak that brought him notoriety in later life. This lecture looks back at Robert FitzRoy’s extraordinary life as a sailor, a scientist and the founding father of the Met Office.”
“Peter Moore is a writer, journalist and lecturer. He teaches at City University and the University of Oxford. He has written widely on Britain in the Age of Enlightenment. His book The Weather Experiment, a Sunday Times bestseller, traced early efforts to forecast the weather. It was named one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2015 and was adapted for a BBC4 documentary series. His latest work is Endeavour: the ship and the attitude that changed the world.


Tuesday 12 March at 15.30

Daniel Lockett ‘Mammoths to Minerals: digitising Shropshire’s geology’.

Daniel will talk about his work on the digitisation of some of the museum’s collections in Ludlow – with particular reference to Shropshire’s geology.



Wednesday 10 April at 15.30

David de Haan ‘The Early Iconography of the Iron Bridge’.

In this fascinating talk David, former director of the Iron Bridge Trust,will show some of the early pictorial representations of the bridge and discuss their importance.



All talks, with the exception of the Darwin lecture, will be given at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Entrance is by ticket and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as there are only 70 seats.

Tickets are free for Friends.

Non-members are also welcome at a cost of £3.

Both Friends and guests must acquire tickets from the Visitor Information Centre – In person or by
Phone: 01743 258888
Email: visitorinfo@shropshire.gov.uk

Website

https://friendsofsmag.wordpress.com/talks-programme/

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- Talks at the Castle

  • 28 September 2018 7:30-9pm

28th September 2018 – Phillip Stevens “Verdun, the Battle that changed the 20th Century." At Shrewsbury Castle. Starting 7.30pm - Drinks from 7pm
All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

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Talk by Phyllida Shaw 'An Artist's War - The Art and Letters of Morris and Meredith Williams

  • 10 October 2018 3:30-5pm

Phyllida Shaw will share the First World War sketchbooks of her great uncle Morris Meredith Williams and his correspondence with his sculptor wife, Alice, during his three years with the the army in France.

After the war the two artists worked together on several war memorials, including the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle. Phyllida Shaw's recent book 'An Artists War' has received wide acclaim and copies will be available for sale at her talk.

A talk organised by The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Where

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
The Square
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 1LH
England

Admission

£3.50 to non-members of the friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Available from Museum front desk or call 01743 258888. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Website

https://friendsofsmag.wordpress.com/talks-programme/

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- Talks 2018

  • 12 October 2018 7:30-9pm

12th October 2018 – Professor Gary Sheffield “How the Allies won the First World War in 1918?” Copthorne Army Reserve Centre Starting 7.30pm - Drinks from 7pm

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Museum at Shrewsbury

Talk by Andrew Bannerman - 'None That Go Return Again'

  • 24 October 2018 3:30-5pm

A talk with readings focused on the work of Shropshire soldier and war poet Wilfred Owen.

A talk organised by The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Where

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
The Square
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 1LH
England

Admission

Tickets £3.50 for non-members of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Tickets can be obtained from the front desk at Shrewsbury Museum in person or phone 01743 258888. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Website

https://friendsofsmag.wordpress.com/talks-programme/

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Museums are Magic Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2018

  • 27 — 28 October 2018 10am-5pm

A magical, mystical adventure awaits this October half-term as we celebrate Museums at Night with a host of magical events.
Museums are Magic Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2018
Wand whittling, potion making, spell writing, face painting, balloon animals PLUS
Saturday 27th: Marvellous magic shows with magician Rob Chapman 11am & 2pm
Sunday 28th: Magical creatures with 'Animal Man' Simon Airey 11am & 12pm
(shows last one hour)
Ticket prices for one day: £12 per child, one accompanying adult per paying child free of charge. Additional visitors charged at standard admission rates. Under 5's free
Plus:
Showing of 'Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets' . Film starts 5pm £2 per person
(day ticket needs to purchased first)

Tickets can be purchased on-line through TICKETSOURCE

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Child (age 5-17) plus one accompanying adult free of charge : £12
Additional Adult £4.50
Additional Concession £4.00
Child (under 5) free of charge

PLUS
Harry Potter Film- £2 per person

Tickets valid for one day

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

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Magical Arts & Crafts

  • 29 October — 4 November 2018

Drop in magical crafts available every day from 29th Oct - 4th Nov 11am-3pm
Explore museum galleries by following the Magical Maximo Mouse Trail
Standard museum entry fees apply

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£4.50 per adult
£2per child (under 5's free of charge)
£4.00 concessions
Family Tickets also available

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

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'Bleeding Hearts and Dry Bones' - An Evening with Dracula

  • 31 October 2018 7-10:30pm

Wednesday 31st October.'Bleeding Hearts and Dry Bones' - An Evening with Dracula
Join us this All Hallows' Eve as we immerse ourselves in the twilight world of the vampire. Costumed guests welcome!

7pm Talk by Philip Healy, emeritus Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford - Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Host of Reservations.

8pm-8.30pm - A 'bite' to eat and a chance to quench your thirst at Stop Café's vampire themed buffet.

8.30pm-10.30pm - Film screening - Let the Right One In (2008) R 1hr 55 mins

£17 per ticket (minimum age 15+)
Doors open 6.30pm
Ticket price incudes : Talk, Film, Welcome Drink and Buffet.
Bar open until 10pm

Film Description:
Let the Right One In
(2008) R 1 hr 55 mins

In this multi-award winning film, Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg 1982.
Subtitles
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£17 per person ( Minimum Age 15+)
Ticket price includes talk, film, welcome drink and buffet.
Tickets non refundable

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/538992

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LEGO Spooky Castle Workshop

  • 31 October 2018 11am-12:30pm, 2-3:30pm

Join us for a special Halloween LEGO workshop and create a spooky castle. LEGO maestro Rob Spinks from 'Bricks n' Tricks will guide you through the build and light up your castle at the end of the workshop !
31st October 11am or 2pm Booking essential

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£5 per child (age 5-17) includes one accompanying adult free of charge
Price includes all day admission to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Additional museum entry tickets can be purchased on the day
Recommended age 4+

Website

http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

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Beastly Monsters and Monstrous Beasts

  • 2 November 2018 2-3pm

In this original theatrical show produced for children and young families, we invite you to join fearless monster hunter Alice Quatermain, as she recounts several of her daring escapades from the Edwardian era. Be thrilled as you encounter marauding monsters, deadly dinosaurs and fiendish fauna ! Fiona Johnston plays Alice Quatermain in the one-woman show. The high-energy steampunk adventurous yarn is written by Jonathan Goodwin, and directed by Gary Archer.
Suitable for age 6+
Tickets are non refundable
No seat allocation. Based on first come first served seating area
Purchase tickets on-line at www.ticketsource.co.uk

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/538778

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£5 per person
no concessions
Suitable for age 6+
Tickets can be purchased on-line
No seating plan- based on first come first served seating

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/538778

An image of the Wilfred Owen 100 banner

Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery presents…. ‘The Burying Party’ & ‘The Long Way Home’ double bill with Q & A with the film makers chaired by Carl Jones, BBC Shropshire film reviewer.

  • 8 November 2018 5-8:30pm

Thursday 8 November @ 5.00pm
Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery presents….
‘The Burying Party’ & ‘The Long Way Home’ double bill with Q & A with the film makers chaired by Carl Jones, BBC Shropshire film reviewer.

The programme is expected to last about 3 hours. Refreshments will be available at Stop Café on the ground floor of the Museum & Art Gallery before the performance. There will be a short break between the two films.

‘The Burying Party’ (12A advisory, 2018, UK, director Richard Weston)
October 1918, the final month of World War I. Beginning with the extraordinary victory at Joncourt, war poet Wilfred Owen looks back on the final year of his life as the Manchesters march toward Sambre, a battle which will likely wipe out his entire regiment.
Looking back to Summer 1917, Owen remembers his admission to Craiglockhart Hospital due to shellshock, which led to the unlikely meeting with his literary idol Siegfried Sassoon. They begin a remarkable friendship that sees him introduce him to some of the most influential literary figures of his generation.
No longer a struggling poet, but convalescing with his contemporaries, Owen spends many spectacular bohemian days and nights in London. He forms a relationship with Charles Scott Moncrieff and is constantly reminded of the company's incredible war records and experiences and decides to return to the front line.
While Owen approaches Sambre, he remembers his final goodbyes with his closest friends and loved ones as they edge closer to the monstrous anger of the guns, writing home to comfort his mother of his near-certain demise.
www.theburyingparty.com
www.imdb.com/title/tt7996170/

‘The Long Way Home’ (15 advisory, 2018, UK, director Jacob Lewis-Taylor)
November, 1918
Silence falls on the Western Front.
In the aftermath of an horrific gas attack, the remnants of a small Shropshire Battalion, led by Capt. John Hemmingway - the younger son of the estate they all left behind - find themselves trapped on the British front line.
As the German guns fall silent and an impenetrable fog befalls no-man's land, the final days of the war become a desperate bid for survival as Capt. Hemmingway fights to hold on to what little sanity he has left.
https://thelongwayhomefilm.com/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6100528/

Tickets: £9 (age 15+) plus booking fee
Tel: 01743 258888 www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk
Tickets on sale through www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/shropshire/shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery/new-world-war-i-films-the-burying-party-the-long-way-home

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£9

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/shropshire/shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery/new-world-war-i-films-the-burying-party-the-long-way-home

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- talks at the Castle 2018

  • 30 November 2018 7:30-9pm

30th November 2018 – Gareth Williams
“The Hidden Hand of Genius: Robert Adam, the Pulteney’s and Shrewsbury Castle”
Shrewsbury Castle Starting 7.30pm - Drinks from 7pm

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk/

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- talks at the Castle 2019

  • 5 January 2019 7:30-9pm

5th January 2019 – Professor Dieter Steinert
“German prisoners of war in Britain 1945-1948”
Shrewsbury Castle
Starting 7.30pm- Drinks from 7pm

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk/

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SHROPSHIRE REGIMENTAL MUSEUM- talks at the Castle 2019

  • 22 February 2019 7:30-9pm

22nd February 2019 – Spencer Jones
“Battle of Le Cateau, 26th August 1914”.
Shrewsbury Castle
Starting 7.30pm - Drinks from 7pm.

Admission

All tickets are £10 per person (£7 for “Friends) and can be booked on the SRM Website or by e-mail to curator@shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.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
Brochure

Autumn brochure

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrewsburymuseum/albums/72157657160616691

A new brochure promoting visits to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and Shrewsbury Castle & Shropshire Regimental Museum.

How to obtain

From Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury Library, Shrewsbury Archives, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm and more.

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.

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.
Two for one admission to Museum & Art Gallery for rail passengers here:-
https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/shrewsbury-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

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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