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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  • We popped into the gallery by chance and found the exhibits very interesting. The staff were very helpful and knowlegeable.  more »
  • go great on a wet cold day a step into the past ,lifts which i needed good facilities amazing sculptuture in enterance  more »
  • Buxton Museum & Art Gallery is a smallish venue in the town centre, with modest exhibits of historical objects and paintings (on the upper floor) which also offers a glimpse into the history of Buxton...  more »
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  • We visited the museum in August. The accessibility is excellent. They've got a new lift thanks to lottery funding and the whole museum has been renovated. It's a beautiful building. The museum is good and an interesting mix of artefacts and when we went an art exhibit too. Highly recommend. And if you've got kids there's plenty for them to do and interact with.
  • Not the biggest museum in the world but well packed with exhibits. Great for kids too with plenty of interactive stuff to have a go at. The art exhibitions were excellent as well. Good disabled access as well.
  • Really disappointed in the make over. My kids have been begging to go this summer as they do every year. They loved the tunnel and the interactivity that used to be there. They loved dressing up, building the skeleton, looking at the bear. It had loads of character and loads for the kids. It is now completely sterile and unengaging. They were so bored. Won't be going back.
  • A superb art gallery and museum, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Two great exhibitions, a retrospective of Howard Riley's work and art from recycled materials by Val Hunt (has to be seen to be believed).
  • Great place to spend an hour or so the new display is very good but also quite liked he dusty old rooms and displays.

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