Close up of a relief on an Etruscan urn

University of Nottingham Museum

The Museum of Archaeology is free to visit and open to everyone.

Visiting the Museum

The University of Nottingham Museum is located on University Park Campus. You will find the museum between the Department of Music and Djanogly Art Gallery.

Admission to the Museum is free.


University Museum
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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Opening times

Monday - Wednesday: Closed

Thursday - Sunday:
12 noon - 4pm

University of Nottingham Museum of Archaeology

Updates from the Museum


New Museum exhibition: Bears! Nature, culture, and beyond

The latest museum exhibition, Curated by Professor Hannah O'Regan and Dr Liam Lewis from the AHRC-funded 'Box Office Bears' project and Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham, explores why bears continue to haunt our imaginations, even when they no longer live in the countryside around us.

New Museum exhibition: Creswell's First Collectors: hyaenas, birds of prey, Neanderthals and early modern humans

The latest museum exhibition, curated by Dr Angharad Jones, Curator at Creswell Crags, will highlight the importance of these species (hyaenas, birds of prey, Neanderthals and early modern humans) and the items they collected, in helping us to understand the Ice Age of Creswell Craggs.

Explore the new Museum exhibition - Cultures of Cloth in the Medieval East Midlands

The latest exhibition at the University Museum is curated by Dr Chris King (Department of Classics and Archaeology) and brings together collections from across the east midlands.

Medals in Museum Collections - Friday 29 January

Programme and registration information for the Money and Medals Network East Midlands online training event on Friday 29 January.

University of Nottingham Museum awarded Culture Recovery Fund support

The University of Nottingham Museum has been awarded £61,160 as part of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).
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Current Exhibition

Fascinating Finds from Nottingham’s Caves

Places of work and play

Nottingham is famous for its hundreds of caves which lie underneath the city’s historic centre, carved into the sandstone rock, some going back to the medieval period. These remarkable structures were used for a range of functions with archaeological finds discovered within caves, pits and wells that tell us about every aspect of daily life in the medieval and post-medieval city. This exhibition highlights some of the fascinating cave finds, showing the ways in which caves were used for work – as places for tanning leather, brewing and storing ale, or craft-working – and as places of leisure, with impressive caves found underneath many of the city’s famous pubs, inns and townhouses where people gathered to drink, eat and enjoy themselves.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Chris King and Dr Charlotte May (Department of Classics and Archaeology) and brings together collections from across the city of Nottingham as part of the University’s City of Caves project

Open until 7 July 2024

Open Thur – Sun, 12-4pm

University of Nottingham Museum

Admission free

Creswell Craggs gorge


About the Museum

The University of Nottingham Museum is an award-winning museum that holds a collection of mainly regional archaeology covering a 250,000 year period. There are also smaller collections from Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. One of the strengths of the collection is that it provides an insight into everyday life over this long period of time.

The Museum enjoys working with university, community, regional, national and international partners in the development of its Learning and Public Programme, including Exhibitions, which have current research, Knowledge Exchange and consultation at its core.

The Museum is managed by Clare Pickersgill, Museum Keeper.


Learning and Public Programme

Learning programme

The Heritage Learning Programme is an exciting, new offer for schools, developed between the University of Nottingham Museum and Manuscripts and Special Collections. The programme will become a “one-stop-shop” for teachers of Key Stages 1 and 2 classes to get hands on with heritage and learn about local history.

Schools can visit the University, or we can take sessions out into schools. Teachers can choose cross- curricular and practical sessions, exploring the worlds of the Romans, Saxons, and Vikings; the life of Florence Nightingale; and the everyday experience of men and women in World War I. Our learning resources also include the opportunity for learners to develop skills by looking at how writing and maps have changed throughout history.

The programme will launch at the start of the autumn term in September 2023, and we will be taking bookings from Summer term 2023 onwards. Please note, that our learning programme is only available to schools from Widening Participation backgrounds. Please contact our Heritage Learning Officers to check eligibility. 

Creswell Crags

We have partnered with Creswell Crags to lead educational pre-history sessions at the Museum on University Park.

Two discovery days are available: 

  • Spirit of the Stone Age Day
  • Archaeology Adventure Day

How to book

Monday - Wednesday sessions are available to book, but please be aware availability is limited. 

Please email or call us on 01909 720378 ext: 2030 to discuss availability and potential dates for your visit.

Crewswell Crags and University Museum KS2 discovery days

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Stall holders at the Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival

Bilsthorpe Heritage and Mining Museum displaying collections, research and heritage at the Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival

Public programmes

  • The successful lunchtime lecture Archaeology NOW, bringing regional, national and international speakers to Nottingham
  • Ancient Craft with craft specialists
  • Nottinghamshire History and Archaeology Festival which brings together local history, archaeology and heritage societies, museums, heritage sites, university departments, and experimental archaeologists with 60 community groups participating over the last seven years.



Exhibition programme

The Exhibition Programme includes national touring exhibitions and also brings together regional collections from around the country. Previous exhibitions include:

  • Viking: Rediscover the Legend - the largest exhibition to leave the British Museum and York Museums Trust
  • The Thinking Room the exhibition and book by Resident Artist Carol Adlam that won a World Illustration Award 2018

The Museum also works with the School of Humanities to display the Student Showcase in which the students curate their own exhibitions.

Viking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition at the University museumViking: Rediscover the Legend. Previous exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust.



Other Partnerships include participation in the British Museum International Training Programme in which the Museum welcomes international colleagues each year to share experiences.

The Museum is also the regional centre for the British Museum Money and Medals Subject Specialist Network which trains regional museum and collections colleagues in the care, recording and access of coins, medals and badges.

Partnership Nottinghamshire supports community groups to study the collections from their communities and/or take them back into the community for outreach work.

All of this work would not be possible without the wonderful volunteers that help the Museum. The Volunteer Training Programme brings together students and community.

Close up of a volunteer handling archaeological artefacts from the Museums collections

Mammoth tooth


As we move forward, at this time, the Museum is working in different ways to provide access to its collections. Please contact us for further information.

Supported by

National Lottery Heritage Fund
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