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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Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

If it’s raining outside head to Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, home to many of the city's world-class exhibitions and a diverse range of events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Explore the home of William Wilberforce

Explore the home of William Wilberforce

Nestled in Hull’s Historic High Street is the family home of William Wilberforce waiting to be explored.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Get hands on with history and admire the views

Get hands on with history and admire the views

Cultural gem Kirkleatham Museum combines wildlife, Anglo-Saxon finds and local heritage with stunning grounds to unwind in.

Location: Kirkleatham, North Yorkshire

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Discover England’s home of football in Manchester

Discover England’s home of football in Manchester

Experience the history and drama of the nation’s favourite sport on a Manchester United Museum and Stadium tour, and at the National Football Museum.

Location: Trafford, Greater Manchester

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Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads is the most iconic of all the Wall sites and the views and Roman remains are spectacular.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

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Discover stories for all ages at The Story Museum

Discover stories for all ages at The Story Museum

Explore the power of your own imagination with exhibitions, installations, events and activities for all ages at Oxford's newest museum.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Learn the history of our health at Thackray Medical Museum

Learn the history of our health at Thackray Medical Museum

Discover the history of medicine through the ages at the fascinating Thackray Medical Museum.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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Family friendly arts and crafts at Chapel Gallery

Family friendly arts and crafts at Chapel Gallery

Chapel Gallery is a family friendly gallery which offers a visitor experience that is fun and engaging for all ages.

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire

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See a host of military aircraft at Newark Air Museum

See a host of military aircraft at Newark Air Museum

Located on a former Second World War airfield, Newark Air Museum is the ideal place to find out about the history of aviation.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

Discover art for all in the North York Moors – and it’s free

See world-class art for free at the National Park’s ‘Inspired by… gallery’, a haven for contemporary art in the heart of the North York Moors.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Nine floors of silver-screens

Nine floors of silver-screens

A visit to the National Media Museum is a must if you love photography, film, television, animation, gaming or the internet.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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See Pre-Raphaelite art at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

See Pre-Raphaelite art at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Tullie House in Carlisle is home to a nationally important collection of Pre-Raphaelite works of art by the likes of Rosetti and William Morris.

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

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Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yorkshire’s Salts Mill, near Bradford, is a hive of art galleries and indie shops, set within the culturally rich World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

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Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery offers an inspiring mix of the very old and the very now and is just one of many cultural delights in Shrewsbury.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

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Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Take your seat at one of the oak reading desks and lose yourself in an ancient manuscript dating from the 15th century.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Discover an artistic legacy in West Yorkshire

Discover an artistic legacy in West Yorkshire

The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire’s inspiring art gallery, exploring the work of major contemporary artists in a thoughtfully laid-out setting.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Go to the quaint part of Kent that was inspiration to novelist Charles Dickens and drew him to return time and time again.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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Visit one of the oldest museums in the country

Visit one of the oldest museums in the country

Travel through time and around the world at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

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