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 the trials and tribulations of Ironstone mining

Discover the trials and tribulations of Ironstone mining

Venture into the Yorkshire mines which saw ironstone extracted for over 90 years by exploring the unique Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

Location: Skinningrove, North Yorkshire

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Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Discover the inspirational statue behind the Lewis Carroll poem Walrus and the Carpenter.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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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

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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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Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Journey through England’s 800 year coal mining history and experience what life was like for pitmen at Woodhorn Colliery.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

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Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Get hands on with history at England’s leading Napoleonic fortress, with free annual exhibition and free return visit for every ticket purchased.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Get bowled over in Leeds

Get bowled over in Leeds

Join the Barmy Army and enjoy cricketing action at Headlingley, walk in the Dales or be knocked for six by some of the best British art and sculpture.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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See science come to life at The Time Machine

See science come to life at The Time Machine

Explore the hands on galleries featuring over 50 exhibits, or take part in the workshops with plenty of bangs, explosions and smelly effects.

Location: Harlow, Essex

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Walk in the footsteps of the famous Brontë sisters

Walk in the footsteps of the famous Brontë sisters

Visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum and explore the beautiful home and surroundings that inspired classic Brontë novels.

Location: Haworth, West 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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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

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Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

This grandiose Georgian museum is filled with curiosities from an eye-popping Viking treasure hoard to dinosaur fossils and a working observatory.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Climb the steep stone steps, open the creaky door into the former debtor’s prison and read the graffiti etched in the wall by incarcerated miscreants.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Visit the world’s best collection of tanks

Visit the world’s best collection of tanks

Heroes big or small can find fun at The Tank Museum.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

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Discover one of the largest textile collections in England

Discover one of the largest textile collections in England

Known locally as 'the jewel in Worthing's crown', Worthing Museum & Art Gallery is much more than meets the eye.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

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Learn about North Yorkshire’s past in-depth

Learn about North Yorkshire’s past in-depth

From archaeology to earrings – discover a rich and colourful history in the heart of Skipton.

Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire

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See aviation history come alive at RAF Manston

See aviation history come alive at RAF Manston

Manston, Kent is home to not one but two museums dedicated to aviation history and one of the few remaining wartime Spitfires

Location: Manston, near Ramsgate, Kent

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Uncover Britain’s Roman history at Tullie House Museum

Uncover Britain’s Roman history at Tullie House Museum

Explore the impact of Hadrian’s Wall then and now in this immersive gallery in Cumbria.

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

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