Nottingham Museums encompasses seven sites rich in history and culture. Open to the public, these historic sites house treasures and artifacts from across the globe. Learn more about them below.
Nottingham City Council’s Museums & Galleries is the oldest municipal museum service outside of London
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Nottingham City Council’s Museums and Galleries is the oldest municipal museum service outside of London. From the natural history museum at Wollaton Hall, to the Byron collections at Newstead Abbey, you’ll find a treasure trove of hidden history at our sites.
The natural history museum at Wollaton Hall houses a collection of 750,000 objects, ranging from fossils, minerals, plants and eggs to invertebrates, vertebrates, shells (molluscs) and taxidermy, as well as ‘spirit’ preserved animals and rare specimens from across the globe.
Steeped in over 800 years of history, Newstead Abbey is a monastic Abbey from the late 12th century and home to the poet Lord Byron. Discover Lord Byron’s private apartments, the Victorian Kitchen and room displays, plus cloisters from the monastic period.
Built in 1807, come and see the amazing inner workings of the windmill and how our millers turn grain into award-winning organic flour. The Greens Windmill also houses an interactive science centre where visitors can experiment with light, electricity and magnetism.
Nottingham Industrial Museum
Nottingham’s Industrial Museum focuses on the city’s hugely important industrial past. Situated at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, the museum displays a fascinating collection of rich industrial history, from Tudor mines to the world’s first video recorder.
A Ducal Palace located atop the ‘Castle Rock’, Nottingham Castle was once a major royal fortress, torn down and rebuilt many times during its history. Over 1000 years of history lie ready to be discovered.