Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton, Derbyshire, is housed in the former Peak Hotel and has an excellent display on the history of the Peak District as well as an Art Gallery and the Boyd Dawkins collection.
It is an excellent place from which to begin to appreciate the landscape and history of the Peak. Upstairs there is the Peak District display, which deservedly won a 'Museum of the Year' award in 1990 - this is an excellent show which illustrates how the landscape of the Peak District developed, and the animals and people who lived here in ancient times.
Also upstairs is an art gallery used for regular exhibitions of work by local artists, while downstairs there are a range of important geological and historical finds (such as the Boyd-Dawkins material), but displayed in the familiar musty cases of traditional museums.
The museum is opposite the Town Hall in Higher Buxton.
Buxton Museum Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge
How to get there
Buxton lies on the A6 Manchester - Derby road. From Leek take the A53 and from Macclesfield the A537. From Chesterfield, the A623 Chesterfield - Stockport road joins the A6 a few km north of Buxton. From Sheffield, take the A621 and A619 roads to Bakewell, then follow the A6.
By Bus: the Trans-Peak bus runs from Derby to Manchester via Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton.
By Train: trains run from Manchester to Buxton approximately hourly.
When is it open?
Open all year: Tuesdays to Fridays 9.30 am to 5.30 pm and Saturdays 9.00 am - 5.00 pm. From Easter to end September it is also open on Sundays from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm.
What does it cost?
Admission is free. For school parties, telephone: 01298 24658
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.
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