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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  • A great little small town museum. For those interested in the Roman army, it has a life-size model of a Roman soldier, so that one can see the size of the shield and sword etc.. When we visited there was an art exhibition - needlework pictures. Very nicely done. Worth the effort to visit.
  • Took my two grandchildren here on a very cold Saturday morning. The museum was very warm and welcoming. Lots to see including an amazing exhibition of paintings by a local artist. Well worth a visit. And it's FREE!
  • 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. There are some genuine artefacts on display, most obviously the "Buxton Mermaid" (see photo) - in the 19th century, people like the infamous P.T. Barnum displayed such objects as genuine "mummified mermaids"! Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there: the mostly modern paintings on the upper floor are insignificant, made by local artists - but they do add to the "community feel" of the place, and as suggested by the many posters and leaflets lying around, the museum plays an important part in the communal activities of the town. The entry is free, and you're allowed to take photos. So if you're close by, why not drop in for a half hour on a rainy day.
  • A small but lovely museum. Interesting local exhibitions giving lots of information.
  • A lovely surprise, a very interesting little museum. Well worth a visit.
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