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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.

The Museum has re-opened with a brand-new exhibition, Behind the Scenes of the Museum.

  • Admission is free - advance booking required
  • Maximum five people per 30-minute timeslot
  • When visiting the Museum, please follow the safety guidelines.

Book your ticket

Opening times

  • Open Thursday - Sunday: 12noon - 4pm
  • Closed Monday - Wednesday


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

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Updates from the Museum

Book your ticket to explore 'Behind the Scenes of the Museum'

The University of Nottingham Museum is reopening with a new exhibition that looks 'Behind the Scenes of the Museum'. This exhibition will show how the Museum collections are cared for and the many different ways they are used.

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.

The Weston Gallery and the University of Nottingham Museum are closed

Following local government guidance in relation to Tier 3 restrictions for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Lakeside Arts have regretfully closed the Djanogly Gallery, Weston Gallery and the University of Nottingham Museum for a four-week period until Friday 27 November.

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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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

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.

The Museum’s Public Programmes include:

  • 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.
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


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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