The building that houses the Buxton Museum was erected in 1880 and originally served as the Peak Hydropathic Hotel. During the First World War, the Red Cross used it to care for wounded Canadian soldiers. Today the museum focuses on the geology of the Peak District with some fine archaeology specimens. In 2006, the Buxton Museum purchased a rare collection of decorative Ashford Black Marble wares, together with the tools used to work the stone collection. Other collections relating to Derbyshire, also managed from Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, include a Derbyshire Police Collection. The collection includes Derbyshire Police uniforms, equipment dating from 1833 to the modern day as well as crime related materials such as drug paraphernalia, counterfeit money and offensive weapons.
Some of the particularly important or interesting collections are : Carboniferous limestone fossils from the Peak District collected between 1900 and 1950; Pleistocene (Ice Age) animal bones and teeth from caves and quarries throughout the Peak District; the archives and libraries of Professor Sir William Boyd Dawkins and Dr J.W. Jackson, geologists associated with the county and with Manchester Museum; the Board photographic collection of images of Buxton; local social history and ephemera; Randolph Douglas 'House of Wonders' collection from Castleton which includes a huge collection of locks and keys and some very unusual Houdini material; fine art collection of mostly 19th and 20th century works in watercolours, oils and prints, including works by Brangwyn, Chagall, Chahine and their contemporaries and mineral collections including Blue John, local specimens, and cave deposits;
Dawkins bequeathed to the Museum a complete Victorian study containing his furniture, scientific instruments, books, Oriental ware and fossil collection. They have six computers with free access to the Internet. There are facilities for people with disabilities including a toilet, ramps and a chairlift. Please ask the staff for any assistance required or for directions to tactile displays. Assistance dogs are welcomed.
Location : Terrace Rd, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6DA
Transport: Buxton (National Rail) then bus or 6 minutes walk. Bus Routes : 16, 58, 65, 66, 398, 441, 442, Unibus 8, X15 and X18 stop very close by.
Opening Times : Tuesday to Saturday 09:30 to 17:30; Sundays + Bank Holidays 10:30 to 17:00
Tickets : Free
Tel: 01629 533540