Museums, galleries and libraries

Museums, galleries and libraries

Immerse yourself in other worlds and cultures, become an expert for a day on the Egyptians or vintage aeroplanes, and stare amazed at art exhibitions the world comes to see. Museums and art galleries in England take you to faraway places. You get to peek into distant lives by travelling just a few footsteps. At the last count there were around 1,600 museums in England, catering to almost every interest you can imagine. Many of them are housed in buildings as impressive as the collections within.

Museums, galleries and libraries

Museums, galleries and libraries

Immerse yourself in other worlds and cultures, become an expert for a day on the Egyptians or vintage aeroplanes, and stare amazed at art exhibitions the world comes to see. Museums and art galleries in England take you to faraway places. You get to peek into distant lives by travelling just a few footsteps. At the last count there were around 1,600 museums in England, catering to almost every interest you can imagine. Many of them are housed in buildings as impressive as the collections within.

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Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Discover this hidden gem deep in the North York Moors National Park and uncover English antiques and curiosities.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

 
Discover Portsmouth’s maritime heritage

Discover Portsmouth’s maritime heritage

From the America’s Cup World Series racing in July to the Great South Run weekend in October there’s something for everyone.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

Visit Ashmolean Museum, the world's first public museum

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections. Visit for a whole day, or just pop in for 5 minutes.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Explore gardens, modern art and more at Dudmaston

Explore gardens, modern art and more at Dudmaston

Built in the 17th century, the classic setting of Dudmaston Hall also provides a contrast to its unique collection of art.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

 
Travel back in time at Milestones Museum

Travel back in time at Milestones Museum

A trip to Milestones in Basingstoke brings the past to life. The museum is home to over 20,000 objects that were either made or used in Hampshire, and is a record of the county's social, industrial and transport history.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

 
Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Milton’s Cottage is located in Chalfont St. Giles and is the only surviving home of the great poet and parliamentarian John Milton.

Location: Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire

 
Take a tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Take a tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Admire historical artworks in a grand setting at Chatsworth.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

 
Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Learn the history behind the birth of the tank - the machine that broke the stalemate of World War 1 – at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Explore the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Explore the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

An intriguing place to visit with nine permanent galleries, two exhibition galleries and hundreds of events and activities throughout the year.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Uncover the stories behind Hull’s Old Town

Uncover the stories behind Hull’s Old Town

William Wilberforce, Civil War plotting and a fascinating maritime past make up a rich and vivid history in East Yorkshire.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

Enjoy this celestial corner of an ancient city

See the planets at home with Bath’s most famous starry-eyed siblings.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Discover secret roman sites in London

Discover secret roman sites in London

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Roman London; see an exquisite bathhouse, Roman amphitheatre and other remarkable artefacts.

Location: London

 
See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

The oldest secular building in Hull, Hands on History Museum, now proves a fascinating insight into Victorian Hull.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Enjoy a boutique stay in historic Helmsley

Enjoy a boutique stay in historic Helmsley

Historic yet buzzing with stylish shops, restaurants and hotels, Helmsley is a great base for a weekend away in the North York Moors National Park.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 
Catch up at the Royal West of England Academy

Catch up at the Royal West of England Academy

The only Royal Academy outside of London, the RWA hosts a varied exhibition programme celebrating outstanding artists.

Location: Bristol

 
Follow the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle trail

Follow the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle trail

Celebrate 200 of the world's greatest artists at four leading cultural venues in Yorkshire.

Location: Wakefield and Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Be inspired at Leeds Art Gallery

Be inspired at Leeds Art Gallery

This collection of 20th century British art is regarded as the best outside London. It includes many awe-inspiring masterpieces.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Experience life at sea aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Experience life at sea aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain

One of the world's most important ships brought to life for modern-day visitors.

Location: Bristol

 
Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Hull was built on its connection to the sea – discover why this Yorkshire maritime city was so important and what life was like on the open waves.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Visit England’s highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel

Visit England’s highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel

All aboard! Take a seat on the glass topped boat and take a journey into the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in the country.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

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