Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

  • Four Historic sites within Plymouth
  • Events and Exhibitions

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery in Plymouth, Devon, is the largest museum and art gallery in the city. It was built in 1907 by Thornely and Rooke in Edwardian Baroque style. Its interior had to be restored in 1954 after being gutted in The Blitz.

Owned and operated by Plymouth City Council with additional funding from Renaissance in the Regions. The Museum Service looks after four historic buildings.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has successfully secured a £750,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major refurbishment. This, combined with match funding from Renaissance in the Regions and the Department for Culture Media and Sport Wolfson Foundation Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund, means that the ground floor galleries, foyer and shop area are all undergoing a revamp. The Museum will be fully open from late Autumn 2008 but, in the meantime, is partially open with an exciting temporary exhibition programme. The Museum has collections of fine and decorative arts, natural history and human history and after the revamp will be able to display objects which have not been on show for a number of years

Smeaton’s Tower, a centrepiece on Plymouth’s Hoe, has become one of the South West´s most well known landmarks. Standing at 72 foot high, it offers fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room. The lighthouse is open to the public all year round with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas/New Year.

The Merchant’s House a historic building tucked away down one of the city´s oldest streets is Plymouth’s finest surviving example of a 16th/17th century residence. During the 17th century it was home to three Plymouth mayors including privateer William Parker, a friend of Sir Francis Drake. The house is open from Easter to the end of September and features a range of themed rooms including a Victorian schoolroom, a Blitz room and an Edwardian pharmacy.

The Elizabethan House on Plymouth´s historic Barbican will take you back in time to Drake´s Plymouth with its panelled hallways, spiral staircase, and rooms laid out to look like the furnished home of an Elizabethan merchant or sea captain. See the restored kitchen and gardens on the ground floor, dining room and parlour on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor. The house is open from Easter to the end of September.

Find the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery on North Hill, next to Plymouth´s Central Library and opposite the University of Plymouth.

Opening times are Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 5.30pm and Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays - 10am to 5pm.

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