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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Stained glass window St Winifraede Church Newport

'Heavenly Lights: The Untold Story of Stained Glass Artist Margaret Agnes Rope'

  • 12 September 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

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
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £4.50, child £2, person of state pension age £4.00, student £3.60, family 2 adults + 3 children £10, 1 adult + 3 children. Discount for groups of 12+ people.

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/heavenly-lights-the-untold-story-of-stained-glass-artist-margaret-agnes-rope-exhibition-comes-to-shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery-this-autumn/

Rhyme children

Exhibition: 'Rhyme Around The World'

  • 18 February — 7 May 2017

The exhibition will feature artwork by best-loved, best-selling and acclaimed illustrators including; Robert Ingpen, Shirley Hughes, Axel Scheffler, Emily Gravett, Mini Grey, Jessica Ahlberg, Polly Dunbar, and many more. The original works will be interpreted for schools and families, with a strong focus on the under 5s and will be an immersive and exciting environment, with plenty of opportunity to play and learn exciting new rhymes. This exhibition is based on two books – the classic Lavender’s Blue and the contemporary Over the Hills and Far Away, both best sellers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in normal Museum & Art Gallery admission charges:- adult £4.50, child (age 5-17) £2, student £3.60, person of pension age £4, children under 5 free.

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.
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Art Cafe

  • 14 December 2016 6-8pm

Artists, community and voluntary art organisations and anyone interested in the arts, are invited to attend an Arts Network Event on Wednesday 14th December at the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury from 6.00pm.

The event will feature an artist talk; tour of ‘Heavenly Lights’ an exhibition exploring stained glass and the untold story of glass artist Margaret Agens Rope; and an opportunity to see the museum at night.

The artist talk is being given by Nathalie Hildegarde Liege, a stained glass artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Nathalie has been successful in securing funding from Arts Council England to make a stained glass window for the Museum. The talk will explore, the history, themes and processes of stained glass and the links between Nathalie’s contemporary piece and the traditional work of Margaret Rope.

Throughout the evening artists will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and information.

Alexa Pugh, Arts Development Officer, Shropshire Council said,
“Come along to mingle and chat with other artists and people interested in the arts in your area”.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£3

Please email megan.claydon@hotmail.co.uk to book a place.
Alternatively, tel: 01743 258885

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/art-cafe/

THE STORY OF THE GLASS SLIPPER

A Victorian Cinderella Puppet Show

  • 20 December 2016 2-2:45pm

A Victorian Cinderella Puppet Show. The Story of the Glass Slipper presented by Treasure Trove Puppet Company

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

adult £6 child £4 (incudes museum admission charges). Booking essential on 01743 258881 or Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery 01743 258888 Family fun for everyone from 4-94 years old!

THE STORY OF THE GLASS SLIPPER

A Victorian Cinderella Puppet Show

  • 20 December 2016 11:30am-12:15pm

A Victorian Cinderella Puppet Show. The Story of the Glass Slipper presented by Treasure Trove Puppet Company

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Adult £6 Child £4 . (includes museum admission fee) Booking essential on 01743 258881 or Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery 01743 258888 Family fun for everyone from 4-94 yers old!

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Talk

  • 25 January 2017 3:30-4:30pm

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery Talk - 'New Discoveries at the Iron Bridge' by David de Haan; former Director of the Ironbridge Institute.

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

'William Hazeldine - Ironmaster Extraordinary' Talk by Andrew Pattison

  • 14 March 2017 3:30-4:30pm

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery- 'William Hazeldine - Ironmaster Extraordinary' Talk by Andrew Pattison

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

'Making the Most of 3D digitisation in Museums'

  • 10 May 2017 3:30-4:30pm

Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery- Talk- 'Making the Most of 3D digitisation in Museums' by James Grimster from Orange Leaf Systems

Admission

Entry is by ticket, which is available from the Shrewsbury Museum Visitor Information Centre tel: 01743 258888 Tickets are free to Friends of the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (on presentation of their Membership Card) and cost £3 for non-members. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, as limited places

Website

http://www.shrewesburymuseum.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.
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.

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.

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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