Who we are and what we do

Nottingham City Council’s Museums and Galleries is the oldest municipal museum service outside of London. Established 3 July 1878, following the opening of Castle Museum and Art Gallery, the goal to inspire local textile manufacturers by collating and displaying the best arts and crafts from around the world.

The service currently oversees seven sites - Newstead Abbey, Wollaton Hall and Park with Natural History Museum, and Nottingham Industrial Museum, Nottingham Castle and Brewhouse Yard and Greens Windmill with the Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum located within the Castle grounds.

From poet Lord Byron and the beautiful Japanese gardens of Newstead; 500 acres of parkland and the Natural History Museum at Wollaton; to Nottingham Castle's rich and fascinating history, there is loads to see and do in Nottingham. 

Boasting successful and established education and volunteer programmes; comprehensive natural history, fine art and handling collections, and sites available for weddings and corporate hire, we provide unique experiences and opportunities for all.

Following last year's hugely popular 'Dinosaurs of China' which attracted over 115,000 visitors, Wollaton Hall is set to become a flagship natural history destination with larger scale touring exhibitions planned. With over 250,000 specimens in its natural history archive alone, there is no shortage of fascinating artifacts and natural treasures to be unveiled over the coming years.

Newstead Abbey
Newstead Abbey
Wollaton Hall
Wollaton Hall
Nottingham Castle
Nottingham Castle
Brewhouse Yard
Brewhouse Yard
Nottingham Industrial Museum
Nottingham Industrial Museum