An excellent local museum and art gallery, featuring the Wonders of the Peak gallery - a journey through time and place. You time-travel to return to the days when there were sharks, hippos and rhinoceros, bears and hyenas roaming what is now the Peak District. As well as discovering the geology, archaeology and history of the Peak and admiring the museum’s fine collection of Ashford black marble and Blue John ornaments, you can see the recreated study of the Victorian antiquarian W Boyd Dawkins. The Museum also hosts a variety of exhibitions of art, craft, photography and local history throughout the year, and has a busy programme of events and workshops. The shop stocks fascinating fossils, colourful minerals and gifts made from decorative stones. NB The museum is closed for redevelopment until May 2017.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Tue–Fri 9.30–5, Sat 9.30–5.30, Sun & BHs Etr–Sep 10.30–5. NB Museum will be closed for redevelopment until May 2017
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About the area
The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.
The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.
The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.
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