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: 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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Creswell's First Collectors: Family drop in event: Make a Mark!

11/02/2023 (11:00-16:00)
University of Nottingham Museum & Learning Studio
Join the Creswell Crag Heritage Facilitator and Museum Team and get involved in learning about the Stone Age with fun and engaging art and archaeology activities! Admission free. Suitable for 5+ (with parental supervision).

Creswell's First Collectors: Exhibition talk: In search of the Palaeolithic landscape at Creswell Crags

23/02/2023 (13:00-14:00)
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts
Join Dr Kevin Kuykendall (Senior Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology, University of Sheffield and Director of recent excavations at Creswell Crags), for a talk discussing Palaeolithic research at Creswell Crags focused on the main caves, producing archaeological material documenting Neanderthal and early modern human lifeways. Booking essential. £3 (free concessions).

Creswell's First Collectors: Flintknapping workshop

22/04/2023 (10:00-15:30)
Djanogly Gallery, Learning Studio
Try the oldest craft in the world: flintknapping! In this craft workshop led by Dr James Dilley of AncientCraft you'll have the chance to make stone tools like scrappers to more challenging ones such as Palaeolithic handaxes.

Current Exhibition

Creswell’s First Collectors: hyaenas, birds of prey, Neanderthals and early modern humans

Thousands of years before a museum stood at Creswell Crags, the gorge and its caves were inhabited by the original collectors of bones, teeth and stone tools.

This 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.

This exhibition is specially curated for the University of Nottingham Museum and includes current work and research as well as collections not usually on display at Creswell Crags.

6 Jan – 2 July 2023

Open Thur – Sun, 12-4pm

University of Nottingham Museum

Admission free

Creswell Craggs gorgeCreswell Crags 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 Learning Programme includes KS1 and KS2 projects for Primary Schools all the way through to Life Long Learning and teaching and research projects with undergraduate and postgraduate students from a wide range of departments.

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

Creswell Crags Logo

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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King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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