Worcestershire County Museum

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Worcestershire County Museum is housed in historic Hartlebury Castle, home to the Bishops of Worcester for 1000 years.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

10:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday to Friday 11:00am- 5:00pm, Weekends & Bank Holidays.

Closed Mondays

Admission charges

Adults £4.50
Children & Concessions £2.25 Family Ticket £12 (2+2)


  • Museums Association

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

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.
Christmas at the Castle

Christmas at the Castle

  • 10 — 11 December 2016 11am-4pm *on now

Join us for a traditional Christmas celebration including Father Christmas in a winter wonderland grotto, carriage rides, seasonal gifts, craft demonstrations, childrens activities and performances by local choirs and musical groups.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury


Adults £5 Children 5+ £2.50 (under 5's free) Family Ticket £13
Additional charge for Father Christmas



Painting by David Cox showing a man on horseback at crossroads

David Cox and his Contemporaries

  • 11 February — 3 June 2017

This exhibition will explore the work of one of the West Midland's greatest artists, David Cox, as well as the artists who influenced him, the people who collected his work and how his painting and teaching shaped the art world around him.

From the 1840s, Cox's had established a strong enough reputation for watercolour painting to give up teaching and paint full-time. During these last two decades of his life Cox experimented with oil paint, colour and different kinds of paper, creating the breathtaking landscape artworks that he has become best known for. In the 21st century, Cox is widely considered as one of Britain's best water colourists and has even been named as a precursor to the impressionist movement.

David Cox and his Contemporaries will explore Cox's work, the artists who influenced him and the influence his own work and writing had on watercolour painting, landscape art and the vibrant artistic communities of the Midlands in the nineteenth-century.

Bringing together paintings from local and national museums, as well as Worcester's own collection that are rarely put on public display due to their fragile nature, this exhibition will offer a unique opportunity to see a large body of David Cox's work and the unique chance to see Cox's work next to the painters that influenced him and to explore his own influence on British art.

Bringing the exhibition into the 21st century, part of the watercolour gallery will be dedicated to recent graduate work selected for New Art West Midlands 2017. The celebration of the best graduate art in the West Midlands will demonstrate the Midland's long history of art, from creating to collecting it.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Foregate Street





Worcestershire County Museum
Hartlebury Castle
DY11 7XZ






01299 250416


01299 251890

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