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 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.
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/

Sutton Bridge, Shrewsbury steam with Abbey in the background

Exhibition by Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust

  • 2 March — 26 April 2015 *on now

The Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust has loaned a number of items from its extensive collection at Abbey Foregate Station for a display in the Community Exhibition Gallery. These include signs, a Shrewsbury totem sign, several drawings and a painting of GWR steam loco Shrewsbury Castle at Shrewsbury station. Shrewsbury remains an important junction on the Welsh borders and is the location of the largest mechanical signal box in the World.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £4, child £2, senior £3.50, student £3.60 (includes the whole Museum & Art Gallery)

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

Mercian Trail photo

‘Treasure! The Discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard’

  • 17 March — 10 May 2015 *on now

Treasure! Discovering the Staffordshire Hoard is a family friendly, community exhibition developed by Staffordshire County Council as part of the Mercian Trail. It tells the story of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard – a process which is still ongoing.

The exhibition has been funded by a generous grant of £47,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help take the story of the Hoard to audiences across Staffordshire and the West Midlands. It is designed to tour venues which are unable to host original Anglo-Saxon objects from the Staffordshire Hoard such as Schools Libraries and community centres. Features include high quality replicas and reproductions, video, interactives, costumes and an opportunity for visitors to add their own thoughts and opinions to the Staffordshire Hoard story.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/treasure-discovering-the-staffordshire-hoard

Dog with kennel in Beastly Machines

Johnny White's Beastly Machines

  • 18 May — 12 July 2015

Kinetic sculptor Johnny White has created a selection of quirky artwors including a moving dog with kennel, two gnus in a canoe, a whale and more. He sets out to amuse but also to make visitors think about recycling and ecology. There's lots of interactive fun too.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in Museum & Art Gallery admission charges: Adult £4, senior £3.50, child (5-17) £2, student with card £3.60

Website

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvXsuCTCzsc

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.

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