Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury

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Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery was founded in 1835 as the Museum of the Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society Society in Dogpole, Shrewsbury, England. In 1853 the collections were moved to Vaughan's Mansion on College Hill, which became known as the Shropshire and North Wales Museum. After 160 years and two subsequent homes the museum returned to Vaughan's Mansion and the Music Hall Complex after a major redevelopment of the site.HistoryThe Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery was founded in 1835 as the Museum of the Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society Society in Dogpole, Shrewsbury. In 1853 the collections were moved to Vaughan's Mansion on College Hill, which became known as the Shropshire and North Wales Museum.In 1877 the Society merged with newly formed Shropshire Archaeological Society to become Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. That year the museum accepted a major collection of finds recently excavated at Wroxeter.The museum celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1885 with the transfer of the museum and library to the recently vacated old Shrewsbury School building. At this time the museum was placed under public ownership (Corporation of Shrewsbury) - becoming Shrewsbury Museum and Free Library.In 1894 the Curator, George Holt, published the Rules of the Shrewsbury Free Museum. These state that: No children under 14 years of age shall be admitted, unless in charge of some responsible person.Persons are not allowed to lean upon the cases, or to touch any of the objects exhibited, and if found so doing, they shall be liable to immediate expulsion.No person shall be admitted who is intoxicated or is in an uncleanly condition, nor shall any smoking be permitted, nor shall any person be allowed to partake of refreshments therein. Playing, gaming, betting, swearing, and spitting, are strictly prohibited, nor shall any dog be admitted.Any person who shall offend against these regulations, or shall be guilty of any misconduct, shall not be allowed to remain within the building. In 1931 'Rowley's House' was acquired by the Corporation of Shrewsbury through the generosity of Morris and Co. for the particular purpose of housing archaeological material from the site of Viroconium Cornoviorum near Wroxeter. The building opened to the public seven years later and became known as the Uriconium or Roman Museum.
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  • August 6, 2017
    very well set out- a lot of interesting exhibits, well labeled with good written explanations on the respective cabinet.staff on hand to answer any further questions. would highly recommend a visit  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Visited especially to see the Antartic Exhibition, well worth the time, a very well put together and factual exhibition.  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Visited in July 2017. It was an enjoyable experience and didn't cost too much to get in. There are 3 floors of exhibits which show local and world history. The building itself is massive and brilliant...  more »
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  • Plenty to see and do. Excellent value £10 family ticket. The Antarctic exhibit is well worth a visit. Children are well catered for in the form of trails and interactive displays.
  • An absolute gem of Museum covering Shropshire from the Iron Age through Roman and Mediaeval times, it's geology, it's connection with Darwin and also a fine display of Coalport wares. Special exhibitions change regularly keeping the appeal of the museum fresh and it also has an excellent coffee shop. The volunteer gallery guides and the staff are all very helpful and knowledgeable
  • Really interesting. Helpful guides
  • Shame more dont support it. Brilliant musuem family friendly and great staff
  • Good Roman exhibition

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