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Nottinghamshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Nottinghamshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Nottinghamshire Museums and Galleries

Laxton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 0PA

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum welcomes all who wish to learn and understand more about the Holocaust and what it means for our communities today. The Centre's beautiful landscaped Memorial Gardens provide space for reflection and act as a counterpoint to the main exhibition. The exhibition combines original artefacts and an imaginative portrayal of the historical events leading up to the Holocaust. We also have a children's exhibition called The Journey which follows the stories of Jewish children who lived through the Holocaust and survived. Details of survivor speakers who talk regularly at the Centre can be found on our website.
Tel: 01623 836627    Fax: 01623 836647
E-mail: office@nationalholocaustcentre.net
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blank tabNEWARK TOWN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Town Hall, Market Place, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1DU
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The museum is housed within the Grade I listed Georgian Town Hall, completed in 1776. The collections, dating from the 17th century, include Civic plate, Civic Insignia and Fine Art, with works by Sir William Nicholson and Sir Stanley Spencer, and notable local artists. The Ballroom and working Mayor's Parlour are open to visitors. Temporary exhibitions in the Spotlight Gallery are on the second floor. Guided tours and school events require booking. Disabled toilet. Free admission. Wheelchair access. Opening hours are Monday - Saturday 11-4pm.
Tel: 01636 680333See our website

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Leeming Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1NG

Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery depicts the surprisingly diverse and fascinating history of Mansfield and the District. The permanent displays tell the story of Mansfield and illustrate the natural, industrial and social history of the region. Examples of fine and decorative arts of local significance are also on show. An extensive and varied programme of temporary exhibitions means that there is always something new to see. Displays change every few months and can include work by local amateur artists and groups as well as by professionals who tour their work nationally.
Tel: 01623 463088See our website

The Workhouse

Upton Rd, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PT
Tel: 01636 817250    Fax: 01636 817251
E-mail: theworkhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

19th-century intuition for paupers. The Workhouse survives as the least altered example of its kind in existence today. Visitors can explore the segregated rooms and stairways as well as the master's quarters to discover the thought-provoking story of the welfare system, created by the New Poor Law of 1834. The audio guide, based on archive records, brings the 19th-century inhabitants back to life in the empty rooms. Interactive displays address the issue of poverty through the years and across the country, while children's games illuminate the life of people who once inhabited the Workhouse.

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Newstead Abbey Museum

Newstead Abbey Park, Nottingham, NG15 8GE
Tel: 01623 455900     Web: www.newsteadabbey.org.uk

Although Newstead Abbey is better known for being the family home of Lord Byron, the site initially housed a group of Augustinian canons founded circa 1170. The lake at the front of the abbey has two mock forts, these were built by Byron's great uncle, known as Devil Byron, and were used along with a 20-gun warship on the lake, to re-enact sea battles. Inside the house are various personal possessions of the poet.

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Creswell Crags Museum & Education Centre

Crags Rd, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LH
Tel: 01909 720378    Fax: 01909 724726
E-mail: info@creswell-crags.org.uk     Web: www.creswell-crags.org.uk

World famous archaeological site, a limestone gorge with caves and lake, home to Ice Age hunters 40,000 years ago. Curriculum based activities about Ice Age lifestyles and environmental changes. Story telling, cave tours, hands on activities, inter active computers, exhibition museum, video, worksheets, customised programmes and educational advice.

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Newark (Notts & Lincs) Air Museum

The Airfield, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY
Tel: 01636 707170      Web: www.newarkairmuseum.org

The exhibits consist of a collection of over 60 airframes, aircraft engines, propellers, models and other aviation related relics. On sale: Books, badges, posters, postcards, tea towels, model kits, aviation prints etc.

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Ruddington Village Museum

St. Peters Rooms, Church St, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6HD
Tel: 0115 9146645

Illustrating daily life in Edwardian Ruddington with reconstructed shops.

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Museum of Costume and Textiles

51 Castle Gate, Nottingham, NG1 6AF
Tel: 0871 572 2599     E-mail: museum@nsdc.info

Georgian houses which contain costumes dating from 1790 to the mid-twentieth century. There is also a collection of dolls. Collection of lace.

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Greens Mill & Science Museum

Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4QB
Tel: 0115 915 6878

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm.  What makes your hair stand on end? Why do we see rainbows? Check out the answers at Greens Mill, tour the Windmill and find out about the life and work of George Green, one-time miller and distinguished mathematician who lived in the 19th century. Free admission.

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Galleries of Justice

Shire Hall, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN
Tel: 0115 9520555     E-mail: info@galleriesofjustice.org.uk    
Web: www.galleriesofjustice.org.uk

Travel with us over 3 centuries of Crime and Punishment, reliving the lives, trials and executions of Nottingham's most infamous criminals. Voted Visitor Attraction of the Year, visitors can experience a real trial in the authentic Victorian courtroom before being sentenced and 'sent down' to the original cells and medieval caves. Prison Warders are on hand to ensure that visitors experience life as Victorian prisoners and, of course, don't enjoy themselves too much! In the new Police! Exhibition, experience arrest and crack the case using forensic evidence in the original Edwardian located on this historic site. A series of temporary exhibitions run throughout the year, as well as special events and children's activities throughout school holidays.

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Millgate Museum

48 Mill Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4TS
Tel: 01636 655730    Fax: 01636 655735
E-mail: museums@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk    
Web: www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

Fascinating displays including streets, shops and rooms in period settings. Exhibitions depict the life of the area in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Mezzanine Gallery within the Museum is a venue for temporary exhibitions featuring the work of local artists, designers and photographers.

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Brewhouse Yard Museum

Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 1FB
Tel: 0115 9153600

Open daily 10am - 4.30pm. Find out how the people of Nottingham have lived their lives over the last 300 years. Set in a group of 18th century cottages old streets and caves have been recreated to make an attraction especially good for children. Schoolroom & Toyshop is unfortunately not always available.

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Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum

Chapel St, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6HE
Tel: 0115 9846914     Web: www.rfkm.org

At Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum you will gain a fascinating insight into the life and labour of a 19th century framework knitting community. Watch the knitting demonstrations and discover the process of making delicate lace shawls as well as sturdy socks. See for yourself the Victorian cottages and traditional workshops. Enjoy the sight, sound and smell of working machinery. Find out all about griswolds, trick bars, jacks, sinkers and slurcocks. Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum has been preserved as the best surviving example of Victorian knitting workshops and cottages. Grouped around a garden courtyard, the wash house, pump, privies and pigsty complete the picture. You will find staff always on hand to answer questions and help make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

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Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Rd, Nottingham, NG1 6AA
Tel: 0115 9153700

Spectacular Tudor building housing the city's natural history museum. Quality displays covering many aspects of the natural world.

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Angel Row Gallery

Central Library Building, 3 Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HP
Tel: 0115 915 2869

Angel Row Gallery aims to provide enriching and challenging experiences for everyone through the presentation of quality contemporary arts.

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Pierrepont Gallery

Century House, Perlethorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9EH
Tel: 01623 822365    Fax: 01623 822315
Email: gallery@thorsby.com     Web: www.thorsby.com

Centred round the picturesque Victorian stable block, a lively & versatile centre for the Arts, Business & Leisure, in appealing historic surroundings amongst some of Nottinghamshire's most beautiful countryside.

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