Museum Of Making At Derby Silk Mill Overview

The Museum of Making celebrates the rich history and innovation of Derby. Situated in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a truly unique destination which tells Derby’s 300 years of history, inspiring newfound creativity and inspiration among the people.

Created and designed by the people and industries of Derby, the Museum of Making is no ordinary museum. One of the must-visit places to go in Derby for all tourists and visitors. You will enter the museum via the Grade I listed Bakewell Gates and be welcomed by a stunning Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine suspended from the ceiling of the Civic Hall. You can know more about the story of the technology of the engine at the Flight Deck gallery in the museum. With over 30,000 objects for the public to see and enjoy in the Assemblage, the museum is a storehouse of knowledge displaying each object according to the material from which they were made. 

The museum sits on the site of the Derby Silk Mill which has transformed the industrial outlook of the city. Visitors can even do activities at the Silk Mill like building their own system of cogs to learn how Derby Silk Mill turned the natural power of the river into energy for silk production. 

Location: Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF, United Kingdom

Timings: Open on Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday from 10am – 5pm and one Thursday & Friday from 10am – 7pm. Sunday - 10am – 4pm. Closed on Monday

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• Designed and made by the people and industries of Derby, visit the Museum of making to discover Derby’s past and present
• Journey through the awe-inspiring galleries which include the Civic Hall and the Assemblage among other spaces
• Be greeted by the seven tonne Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine which hangs above the visitors in the Civic Hall
• Explore the numerous exhibits, workshops, events and activities at the museum such as the STEAM workshops and rag rugging activities
• Have the chance to go on site the world’s first modern factory, Derby Silk Mill which transformed Derby into a city of creativity and making

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10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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10:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Normal Timings:
10:00 AM to 07:00 PM
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10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

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