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.
Rhyme children

Exhibition: 'Rhyme Around The World'

  • 18 February — 7 May 2017 *on now

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
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

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/exhibitions/

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.
Corbet Bed

EMBROIDERIES OF THE CORBET BED A practical day course

  • 28 April 2017 10:30am-3:30pm *on now

The Corbet bed, on display in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery displays beautifully embroidered hangings created by the ladies of the Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust. On this practical day course participants will have the opportunity to learn about the embroidery patterns, fabrics and silks of the Tudor period. There will be two groups-
Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce your own slip to take home.
Learn how to finish your embroidery and apply it to a fabric for use or display.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 per person
You will need to bring your own basic sewing equipment and a small embroidery frame (approx. 8inches square), if you have one. Patterns, canvas, embroidery thread, and needles will be supplied. Frames will be available to purchase. Tea and coffee will be available. You will need to bring your own lunch or purchase something locally.

Bookfest

Let the Good Rhymes Roll!

  • 29 April 2017 11:30am-12:15pm

Hey diddle diddle, are you ready to riddle? As part of the Spring exhibition in the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, join wayward wordster and award-winning performance poet, Sara-Jane Arbury, as she travels through rhyme zones to take a playful look at Rhymes Around The World!. Expect crazy games, zany names and lots of words that sound the same. Tons of fun for everyone! You’ll have the rhyme of your life! A fantastically fun introduction into rhyme and poetry for children aged 5+.
Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsbury-bookfest or tel: 0333 666 3366

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£5 per person

'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

An image of a light display of different types of clock faces beamed onto plates on a snowy evening.

Museums at Night - STOP THE CLOCK for Shrewsbury Museum at Night

  • 17 May 2017 4-9pm

It’s time you visited Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery for Museums at Night on 17 May between 4pm – 9pm.

The Clock Room - Enter ‘The Clock Room’ and become part of the mechanism

An immersive multi projector light and sound installation by internationally renowned multi –media artist, Andy McKeown, will fill the special exhibitions gallery at Shrewsbury Museum with a mesmerising profusion of real and impossible animated clocks.

Experience kaleidoscopia LIVE

Transform your post-it note doodles into beautiful moving kaleidoscopic light with the kaleidoscopia LIVE arcade machine!

Heyday Arts

Unleash your inner creative and make time for some museum inspired art with Heyday Arts

Bar and live music

Turn back the clock and feel our pre-history and Tudor galleries come to life with Tudor musicians and Stone Age specialists.

Refreshments for little people and grown-ups by STOP Café

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Standard Museum entry.

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

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.
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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