When: Open daily from 1st April to 30th September and Tuesday to Sunday from 1st October to Easter
Where: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
£: Admission will be £4 for adults and £2 for children, reductions available for seniors and groups.
What is it?
After five years in the making, one of England’s most celebrated medieval market towns is preparing to open the doors on a new landmark attraction. The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery will welcome its first visitors on Tuesday 1st April 2014. An exhibition from Frank Cohen’s internationally acclaimed collection of contemporary art, has been specially curated for the launch.
Shrewsbury’s Victorian Music Hall and a rare 13th century mansion have been the focus of a groundbreaking restoration project to create this new museum and gallery space.
Visitors to the new Museum & Art Gallery will embark on a journey of discovery which begins in the times when mammoths roamed; unlocking stories from across the entire Shropshire county and revealing how its unique history influenced the world. The entire collection has been reimagined for a modern audience. There will be exhibitions exploring subjects from geology to natural history via art, archaeology and costume.
The museum holds some of the nation’s most treasured Roman artefacts, including an ornate silver mirror discovered at nearby Wroxeter; one of only a handful still existing from the period. There will also be exhibits inspired by the work of scientist Charles Darwin, who was born and educated in the town.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery has invited a series of internationally renowned contemporary artists such as Shirley Chubb, Neil Brownsword and Ilana Halperin to curate and interpret exhibits and create specially commissioned works. The Frank Cohen display will feature artwork by the likes of Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Charming Baker and Jake and Dinos Chapman, as well as pieces from rising stars championed by Cohen. The individual works have been chosen for the way they resonate with the museum’s Darwinian theme.
Shrewsbury boasts some of the Britain’s finest Tudor and Georgian architecture. The town’s timber-framed buildings and winding passageways, known locally as ‘shuts’, are a popular quirk. Already much-loved for its rich cultural scene and characterful streets, this project, owned and managed by Shropshire Council, is a significant investment in Shrewsbury’s cultural tourism offer. The museum will house the Visitor Information Centre and will also be the starting point for walking tours, encouraging visitors go out and explore the living history of the town and wider county for themselves. The ground floor of the Music Hall is also home to a new café bar and shop.
More info: www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk