Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Exterior of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
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Founded in 1893, the museum houses geology and archaeology of the Peak District, including the archives and collections of Sir William Boyd Dawkins and Dr J.W.Jackson. A busy programme of temporary exhibitions provides opportunities for contemporary artists and access to the museum's own fine art and photographic collections.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Fri 09.30-17.30
Sat 09.30-17.00
Easter - September: Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10.30-17.00

Closed: Mondays (except summer Bank Holiday Mondays)

Admission charges


Principle collections include the fossil and osteological records of the Peak District and human archaeology of the region. The archives of Sir William Boyd Dawkins and Dr. J.W.Jackson span 150 years of the history of geology. The Buxton collections include extensive photograph archives. Special collections include the curiosities of the Randolph Douglas collection and, since 2003, the Derbyshire Police Collection. There is an extensive collection of locally made and inlaid Ashford Black Marble, Blue John and other local minerals.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Law and Order, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Ashford Black Marble grapes table by Thomas Woodruff.
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Time Detectives

An investigation into time and the history of the earth and how objects help us find out about the past. Children handle objects ranging from 340 million-year-old fossils to a Victorian agate egg and ask questions and find out about them. They build a time line, allowing them to demonstrate their discoveries and new knowledge.(Group size: up to 30; Duration: approximatley 2 hours; Level: KS1 and KS2)

Family Events


A range of exciting events for all the family to enjoy, held on the 1st Friday of the month 10.00-11.30. Themes vary each week.

How to obtain

Activities are free and there's no need to book - just drop in.

The Romans

Bring the Romans alive for your class through handling and investigating real Roman objects from local sites such as the Roman settlement at Aquae Arnemetiae (Buxton) and the forts at Melandra (Glossop) and Navio (Brough). The children use their skills in observation, listening, writing, and drawing to investigate the objects and the Roman displays within the Wonders of the Peak time tunnel gallery. They share and discuss their discoveries with the rest of the group. Roman and Iron Age costumes are available as part of the session. (Group size: up to 30; Duration: approximately 2 hours; Level: KS2 and KS3)

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Terrace Road
SK17 6DA








01629 533540

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