Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton

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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery focuses its collection on history, geology and archaeology.The museum is located at Terrace Road, Buxton, England. The museum opens every day except Mondays. Admission is free. The building was erected in 1880 and originally served as the Peak Hydropathic Hotel. During the First World War, the Red Cross used it to care for wounded Canadian soldiers. The Buxton Free Public Library & Museum moved into the building in 1928, leaving the Town Hall.Permanent collectionsThe museum's permanent collections include: Carboniferous limestone fossil record of the Peak District collected between 1900 and 1950; Pliocene mammal evidence from caves and quarries throughout the Peak District; The archives of archaeologist Sir William Boyd Dawkins and geologist Dr John Wilfrid (J.W.) Jackson, geologists associated with the county and with Manchester Museum; Randolph Douglas 'House of Wonders' collection from Castleton which includes a large collection of locks and keys and some unusual Houdini material; A Buxton photographic collection, a collection of local social history and ephemera, and a collection of Houdini materials; A fine art collection dominated by 19th and 20th century works in watercolours, oils and prints, including works by Sir Frank Brangwyn, Marc Chagall and Edgar Chahine. Amongst the minerals are Blue John, carved limestone, local specimens, and cave deposits. In 2006, the Buxton Museum purchased a rare collection of decorative Ashford Black Marble wares, together with tools used to work the stone collection left by John Michael Tomlinson. Other collections relating to Derbyshire, also managed from Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, include a Derbyshire Police Collection.
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  • August 11, 2017
    We went there today while visiting Buxton. This museum is superb, quirky, just FULL of interesting things to see and enjoy. Beautiful art exhibition of Peak District artists. AND a simply wonderful ex...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We visited here on a rainy afternoon and it was a nice little place to take shelter. There was plenty to see and definitely lots of interesting things to read about. There was activities for children ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Visited here many times before and went along to see the changes following the refurbishment. Looked clean and bright and still has a great selection of interesting local artefacts. There also appeare...  more »
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  • Great place to visit at any time of year, lots of information about Buxton and they have different displays in the art gallery every time I visit. Most of the upstairs is closed for refurbishment until later in 2017, lets hope the displays their are as good as they were before.
  • Museum is open, some displays are still to be finished but it's still well worth a visit.
  • A good local museum and art gallery with a small gift shop. A good bit of history of Buxton and the Peak District as well as rotating exhibitions and art gallery.
  • Although it does not look like much from the outside, The interior set up and the flow of the tour was a pleasant surprise. Attention to detail and a well managed flow and design made 2 hours worth of time. Information acquired was well presented. I highly recommend visiting while in Buxton. Will let you imagine and see the place under another prism.Oh and on top of everything ... It is absolutely free!
  • Fantastic and high quality exhibitions about the history of the Peak District thought millions of years! Great experience and best of all free!

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