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Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is situated in the town's Cultural Quarter known as Derngate. The museum houses a number of collections including fine art, geology, coins, archaeology, and military history to name a few. But perhaps the biggest surprise found inside is the world's largest collection of footwear. If this sounds interesting, make sure you set aside time to discover this great museum.

World's largest footwear collection

This footwear collection inside is of international significance with some of the 12,000 shoes in the exhibit dating back to Egyptian times. On this journey, you will find shoes in every shape, size, form and fabric, from royal shoes belonging to Prince Albert and Queen Victoria to cowboy boots, sandals, clogs, high-heels and much more. This really is a collection that needs to be seen to be believed.

Other museum collections

In the archaeology collection are ancient relics from the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman times as well as other periods in time. The display ranges from pottery and ceramics to weapons and jewellery. The incredible geology section offers over 40,000 items including local Jurassic finds. The coin collection of 12,000 items gives a further historical insight.

The Art Gallery

For lovers of art, the gallery offers over 7,000 paintings, ceramics, glassware and metal items. The fine art collection showcases British paintings, many with landscape themes. A range of Italian works are also on display, ranging from the 15th to 18th century. A large part of these collections was donated from private collections and is now on display for anyone to see.

This is just a glimpse into what Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has to offer.

Why not combine it with other offerings in the Cultural Quarter, such as a visit to 78 Derngate, with its architectural inspiration, or a theatre break, to complete your visit?