List of museums in Derbyshire

This list of museums in Derbyshire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.


Name Image Town/City Type Summary
Bakewell Old House MuseumBakewellMultiplewebsite, historic Tudor house with period rooms, Victorian mill workers dwelling, textiles, toys
Barrow Hill Roundhouse & Railway CentreBarrow HillRailwayPreserved roundhouse and locomotives
Belper Heritage CentreBelperLocalinformation, local history, also known as St. John’s Chapel Heritage Centre
Bolsover CastleBolsoverHistoric houseOperated by English Heritage
Buxton Museum and Art GalleryBuxtonMultipleLocal history, archaeology, fossils and minerals, natural history, art
Calke AbbeyTicknallHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, Baroque country house and garden
Carnfield HallSouth NormantonHistoric houseCountry house and park, open by appointment on guided tours
Casterne HallAshbourneHistoric house18th century manor house, outbuildings
Chatsworth HouseChatsworthHistoric houseSeat of the Dukes of Devonshire, features priceless paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculpture, books and other artefacts, gardens
Chesterfield Museum and Art GalleryChesterfieldMultipleLocal history, art
Crich Tramway VillageCrichOpen airRestored period village, home to the National Tramway Museum
Cromford MillCromfordIndustryWater-powered cotton spinning mill, part of the Derwent Valley Mills
David Mellor Visitor CentreHathersageArtwebsite, museum of cutlery designs of David Mellor, factory and store
Denby Pottery Visitor's CentreDenbyArtwebsite, small museum of china and porcelain decorative art of the Denby Pottery Company, shop and factory tours
Derby GaolDerbyPrison18th century prison
Derby Museum and Art GalleryDerbyMultipleFine art, porcelains, local history, archaeology, natural history, geology and military collections
Derby Silk MillDerbyIndustryLocated in a silk mill, area industries, railway, STEM exhibits
Derwent Valley MillsIndustryWorld Heritage Site that includes over 15 historic sites spanning over 15 miles
Erewash MuseumIlkestonLocalLocal history, industry, period rooms, art exhibits
Eyam HallEyamHistoric houseJacobean manor house with costumes, needlework, family portraits, gardens
Eyam MuseumEyamLocalLocal history, impact of the Bubonic Plague in 1665
Haddon HallBakewellHistoric houseMedieval manor house and gardens
Hardwick HallDoe LeaHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, significant Elizabethan country house, collection of embroideries, gardens, grounds include Stainsby Mill
Heage WindmillHeageMillwebsite, working windmill built in 1797
High Peak JunctionCromfordRailwayWorkshops for the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, near the Cromford Canal, part of the Derwent Valley Mills
Hope House Costume MuseumAlstonefieldFashionwebsite, costumes and accessories from 1790 to the 1970s
John King Workshop MuseumAlfretonLocalwebsite, local industry including Pinxton Porcelain, the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway, John King who invented the mine cage detaching hook, local social history
Kedleston HallKedlestonHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 18th century Neoclassical country house, extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, museum of art and items from Asia
Leawood Pump HouseHigh Peak JunctionTechnologyPart of the Derwent Valley Mills, canal pump house with preserved steam engine
Life in a Lens Museum of Photography & Old TimesMatlock BathTechnologyHistory of photography, cameras, photographic equipment
Little Chester Heritage CentreLittle ChesterLocalwebsite, local history, located in St Paul's Church
M & C Collection of Historic MotorcyclesBakewellTransportinformation, information, motorcycles and memorabilia
Melbourne HallMelbourneHistoric houseCountry house and gardens
Middleton Top Engine HouseMiddleton-by-WirksworthSteamwebsite, website, preserved beam engine
Midland Railway – ButterleyButterleyRailwayFormerly known as Midland Railway Centre, heritage railway and museum
Moorland CentreEdaleNatural historywebsite, geology, wildlife, plants and importance of the moorland and Peak District, operated by the Moors for the Future partnership
National Stone CentreMiddleton-by-WirksworthGeologywebsite, geology, earth science, mining, uses for rocks and minerals, 50 site of former limestone quarries, fossil trail
National Tramway MuseumCrichRailwayLocated in Crich Tramway Village, collection of working trams
National Trust Museum of ChildhoodSudburyToyOperated by the National Trust, located at Sudbury Hall
New Mills Heritage and Information CentreNew MillsLocalwebsite, local history
Old ManorNorburyHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, medieval hall
Peak District Lead Mining MuseumMatlock BathMiningLead mining, miner family life
Peak District National Park Visitor Centre - BakewellBakewellMultiplewebsite, visitor center for the Peak District National Park, features the Peak District Photography Gallery
Peak District National Park Visitor Centre - CastletonCastletonMultiplewebsite, includes the Castleton Village Museum
Peak District National Park Visitor Centre - Upper DerwentBamfordNatural historywebsite, exhibits and information about the park
Pickford's House MuseumDerbyHistoric houseLate 18th century Georgian townhouse, displays of eighteenth and nineteenth century costume, toys
Red House Stables Carriage MuseumMatlockTransportwebsite, THE CARRIAGE MUSEUM CLOSED Permanently - on December 31st 2017 original horse-drawn vehicles and equipment, blacksmith
Renishaw HallRenishawHistoric houseCountry house of the Sitwell family, gardens
Revolution HouseOld WhittingtonHistoric house17th century alehouse with ties to the Glorious Revolution of 1688
Royal Crown Derby Visitor CentreDerbyArtChina and porcelain decorative art
Shardlow Heritage CentreShardlowLocalwebsite, local history
Sharpe's Pottery MuseumSwadlincoteArtwebsite, china and porcelain decorative art
Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson MillsMatlock BathIndustryWater-powered cotton spinning mill, includes the Masson Mills Working Textile Museum, part of the Derwent Valley Mills
Stainsby MillDoe LeaMillOperated by the National Trust, 19th-century flour watermill located on the grounds of Hardwick Hall
Strutt's North Mill, BelperBelperIndustryPart of the Derwent Valley Mills, former water powered cotton spinning mill, also includes the Derwent Valley Visitor's Centre
Sudbury HallSudburyHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 17th century Restoration style mansion, features the National Trust Museum of Childhood
Tissington HallTissingtonHistoric houseEarly 17th century Jacobean mansion house
Wirksworth Heritage CentreWirksworthLocalwebsite, local history

Defunct museums

  • Heanor Heritage Centre, Heanor, closed in 2005[1]


  1. Closure of the Heanor Heritage Centre

See also

  • Visitor attractions in Derbyshire
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