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About Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives

Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives brings arts, museums, archives and Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park together to form a regional centre of excellence that explores our understanding of the past and present, and reveals the way Plymouth has shaped and been shaped by the rest of the world.

..the service plays a crucial role locally, regionally and nationally..

The service plays a crucial role locally, regionally and nationally in the council’s cultural tourism, economic development, education and community cohesion agendas, and works closely with the city’s culture board, Plymouth Culture.

We operate six sites

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Smeaton’s Tower, the Elizabethan House and the Merchant’s House attract over 150,000 visitors a year.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is closed so that development work can take place for The Box, Plymouth – a new visitor attraction opening in the heart of the city in 2020! See the museum collections On Tour, or visit the What’s On section as we continue our popular events and exhibitions programme around the city. 

Our services

These will continue across Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives whilst we deliver The Box project.

Exhibitions

An ambitious temporary exhibitions programme which delivers 8-10 ten exhibitions a year either directly or in collaboration with local, regional and national partners. These are on display in the Council House and Peninsula Arts Gallery.

Photograph showing a group of primary school children, standing listening to a schoolgirl who is reading from a notebookEducation service

An education service which reaches thousands of school children, further and higher education students each year.

Community engagement

An active community engagement programme targeting non-users and hard-to-reach groups, with a particular focus on vulnerable adults and young people.

Major Partner Museum agreement

A three-year funding agreement with Arts Council England as a Major Partner Museum in consortium with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter (April 2015 – March 2018).

Partnerships

Partnerships including The Box partners, National Trust at Buckland Abbey, the Southwest Local Authority Cultural Partnership and the Southwest Regional Development Partnership.

A mum, son and daughter are looking closely at objects in a display cabinet in a galleryCollections

Collections of local, regional, national and international importance: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is responsible for over 800,000 items, including the Designated Cottonian Collection of prints and drawings, the largest collection of oil paintings in the South West and nationally significant mineral collections. The Plymouth and West Devon Record Office is the archive repository for the city and West Devon with collections dating back to the 12th century.

Arts and cultural development

Arts engagement and development within the city, including funding support for key arts organisations, commissioning new work by artists and delivering a series of exciting public art projects.