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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Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Whether you’re a garden lover, art aficionado or simply a St Ives devotee you can’t fail to fall for the magic of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Explore Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Explore Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Discover the story of the father of penicillin in his lab in Paddington.

Location: Paddington, London

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Free days out at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Free days out at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Discover a collection of historical artifacts that celebrate the maritime history of the UK’s first seaside resort at the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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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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Dress like a Roman at the City Museum

Dress like a Roman at the City Museum

Can you hear the medieval moot horn? Travel through 2,000 years of history with the sights and sounds of Winchester from the Iron Age to the present.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Be captivated by charming Port Sunlight village

Be captivated by charming Port Sunlight village

Created as a perfect model village, Port Sunlight is the ideal destination for a day out. Relax in peaceful surroundings and see outstanding art.

Location: Wirral, Merseyside

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Activities for all ages at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Activities for all ages at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

See hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings.

Location: South Kensington, London

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Explore the magnificent ruins of Kirkstall Abbey

Explore the magnificent ruins of Kirkstall Abbey

This atmospheric 12th-century abbey is one of the most complete Cistercian monasteries in Britain, surrounded by tranquil tree-filled parkland.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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Explore the nooks and crannies of Norwich’s artistic spaces

Explore the nooks and crannies of Norwich’s artistic spaces

Norwich is full of cultural activities, with many arts venues found in surprising places, some amongst its most beautiful gardens and public spaces.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Enter a real life chocolate factory at Cadbury World

Enter a real life chocolate factory at Cadbury World

The next best thing to visiting the fictional Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is the real thing at Cadbury World.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

A day out at mima has something to offer everyone: World-class exhibitions, café and shop, family activities, workshops and talks.

Location: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

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Visit the new Harley Gallery on a cultural break

Visit the new Harley Gallery on a cultural break

Visit the new Harley Gallery, a permanent home for the Portland Collection on the Welbeck Estate.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Take a Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Take a Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Enjoy a glimpse of historic pieces of artwork that provide a glimpse into what the Grand Tour saw on their travels at Chatsworth.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

Get an insight into the wars and conflicts that have shaped both England and the world at the Imperial War Museum North.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

Delve into Durham’s historic treasure troves

Step back in time and admire world-class art at captivating castles and manor houses across the county.

Location: Vale of Durham / Durham Dales

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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

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Experience the astonishing to the spectacular at the Science Museum

Experience the astonishing to the spectacular at the Science Museum

A world renowned museum, famous for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.

Location: South Kensington, London

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Take a step back in time in Southsea

Take a step back in time in Southsea

From the Tudor ramparts of Henry VIII's Castle to the D-Day and Royal Marines Museums, there's plenty of Portsmouth’s heritage for you to explore.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Experience Great Yarmouth’s colourful past

Experience Great Yarmouth’s colourful past

Visit the historic Norfolk fishing port with its unique narrow ‘Rows’ streets, proud maritime past and old penny arcade.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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