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

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am to 4.30pm. Last admission 4pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm. Last admission 3pm
Closed on Mondays.

Visitor Information Centre closes at 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.

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

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.

Cartoon workshop- Bringing Animals to Life with Jonathan Cusick

  • 31 October 2019 11am-1pm

Learn how to draw animal cartoons with caricaturist and Radio Times illustrator Jonathan Cusick. You'll be shown a variety of key concepts and approaches, then get to apply these in a drawing session interpreting exhibits from the museum's taxidermy archive. A variety of family-friendly subjects will be there to inspire. Individual advice and encouragement will be given as you draw. This workshop aims to improve your cartoons and equip you with a confident and enthusiastic approach to drawing.
Workshop for all ages. Under 16's must be accompanied by adult (free of charge for accompanying adult)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 per person (Under 16's must be accompanied by adult (free of charge for accompanying adult)

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

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Sketchbook Sunday-First Sunday of the Month

  • 2 June 2019 — 6 December 2020 *on now

Throughout 2019, we are offering reduced entry of £2 on the first Sunday of the month, also know as Sketchbook Sunday . But how do you get entry for £2?
It’s simple, on the first Sunday of the month, bring your sketchbook with you when you visit us and show it to reception in the museum shop/ visitor information centre.

What is Sketchbook Sunday?

Sketchbook Sunday is part of a wider project in collaboration with Shropshire Libraries Service.

Sketchbooks and journals are usually private; a place to make mistakes, work out ideas. We are very grateful to those who have already agreed to share their work in this form, with the county.

For more information about the wider project, click here.
Useful information
– Those who present a sketchbook at the museum front desk on the 1st Sunday on the month gain a reduced entry price. £2 for adult and seniors, (no reduction in child tickets)
– Anyone who wishes to add to the communal sketchbooks dotted around the galleries are very welcome to. There’ll be a few art materials provided. Creatives are very welcome to work into their own sketchbooks; being inspired by the building, collection and other visitors
– The Hashtag for the those who wish to share their work produced during Sketchbook Sundays is #ShrewsSketchBookSundays
– Occasionally they’ll be loose optional themes to work to, the themes will be advertised within the communal sketchbooks and/or social media, and also to the sketchbook library e mailing list subscribers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Reduced rate of £2 per person when you show your sketchbook

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My Family and Other Zombies- cartoon zombify yourself and your nearest and dearest

  • 10 August 2019 11am-1pm

Join Tat Eftby- Cartoonist & Illustrator (Private Eye, the Gardian, Cath Tate Cards, My Shrewsbury) and make your own Family Gore-traits and Zelfies: Learn the essential tricks of drawing people and faces then set about creating your own zombie family portraits and zelfies (zombie selfie!) By the end of this session you will have picked up some useful tips, practised capturing likenesses and will take home some ghoulish unique pictures of your family !
Warning: will contain cartoon grossness, not for the overly squeamish or nighmare prone !!
To book: www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

Suitable for

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

Admission

£8 per adult and £5 per child (min age 7+)
Ticket price includes all day entry to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Website

http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

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Stained Glass Weekend

  • 17 — 18 August 2019 11am-3pm

Join us as we celebrate all things stained glass and reveal a stunning new window created by stained glass artist Nathalie Hildegarde Liege.
www.couleurlive.com
Drop-in arts and craft sessions 11am-3pm (museum admission charges apply)
Film by Katie Eccleston Boker showing on the museum balcony.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum admission charges apply. See website for further details
www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

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Garden History- 6 week course at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

  • 16 September — 21 October 2019

A six week course of lectures and visits, mainly about Western European gardens, which takes a simple chronological approach to the subject, looking at the main elements of garden design and their social, economic and cultural context. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion which will leave you inspired with ideas for further reading, personal research, and more.
Date: Monday’s …….16th Sept to 21st Oct 2019 six Mondays 10am-1pm
Venue: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Cost: £120 per person
To book: 01743 258881 or email museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£120 per person

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The Girl with all the Gifts (15+)- Movies at the Museum

  • 20 September 2019 7:30-9:30pm

In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating 'hungries'. Humankind's only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel.
Director: Colm McCarthy, Writer: Mike Carey, Stars: Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua . 1hr 51 mins

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£4.50 per person

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

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EMBROIDERIES OF THE CORBET BED - A pracctical day course

  • 11 October 2019 10:30am-3:30pm

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 and create your own sample
There will be two groups-
1. Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce
your own slip to take home.
or 2. Learn how to finish your embroidery slip and apply it to a
fabric for use or display.

When: Friday 11th October 2019 Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm
Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery Price: £30
Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 per person

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlwald (2018) 12A - Movies at the Museum

  • 29 October 2019 5-7:15pm

Join us on the fabulous museum balcony for the second instalment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Director: David Yates, Writer: J.K Rowling, Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Johnny Depp
12 A rating 2hrs 14 min

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£2.50 per person

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

Spooky Castles LEGO workshop with 'Bricks N Tricks'

  • 1 November 2019 11am-12:30pm, 2-3:30pm

Join us for a special Halloween LEGO maestro Rob Spinks from 'Bricks n' Tricks' will guide you through the build and light up your castle at the end of the workshop!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5 per child age 5+ (ticket also includes entry for one accompanying adult free of charge) ticket also includes all day entry to museum.

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburymuseum

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

http://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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