Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Derbyshire  /  Buxton  /  Museums  /  Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton

(4/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
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.
Use our Buxton trip builder to add Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and other attractions to your Buxton vacation plans.
Create a full Buxton itinerary

Plan your trip to Buxton

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Buxton by other users

View more plans
  • We called in having never been in before. Entrance was free and we was acknowledged as soon as we walked in by a member of staff and made to feel very welcome . She talked to the children and explaine...  more »
  • Quite easy to miss this place but it is worth calling in for a while. Lots worth seeing and provides a couple of hours of entertainment 
  • This museum is very intresting and always I can find something new wherewer I come back. Very nice for kids and for adults. Everyone will find something intresting. If you visit Buxton you should go a...  more »
  • 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.
  • Fantastic and high quality exhibitions about the history of the Peak District thought millions of years! Great experience and best of all free!
  • 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!
  • Cute little day out for families.
  • The best small museum I have been to. The curators have really thought about the displays and have made them both interesting and informative. I have been round so many museums where I have just got bored but this one really was fun to go round. Was the highlight of my day trip to Buxton.