The Box, Plymouth is a major redevelopment scheme and a symbol for the city's current regeneration and future.
It will be a museum for the 21st century with extraordinary gallery displays, high profile artists and art exhibitions, as well as exciting events and performances that take visitors on a journey from pre-history to the present and beyond.
Born from a need to protect and safeguard the future of some of Plymouth’s most valued archives and historic collections, Plymouth now has a unique opportunity to create something truly special, a visitor destination the city can be proud of and visitors will talk about.
The project has access to a rich and varied resource of material and stories, from films to images, artefacts, to prized collections and documents. This project also offers greater scope to add to an already popular events and activities programme, so there will be many reasons why people will want to visit The Box over and over again.
Situated between Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art, The Box will form the heart of a developing Cultural Hub. The centre will include: an archive for Plymouth and the southwest, preserving the heritage of the city and region for future generations; a museum with stories of Plymouth and how we reached out to the world and brought the world back to Plymouth; a location for contemporary art exhibitions, artist commissions and major touring shows; a new study centre located between two educational establishments; in essence, a cultural centre of which the city can be proud.
Plans include the refurbishment of space in what were the Grade II listed museum and library buildings with a contemporary extension providing expanded facilities, plus transforming St Luke’s Church into the largest single GIS compliant gallery in the south west.
Why not take a look at the scheme design review document for the project? This dates from May/June 2017 so is subject to change but gives a great insight into our vision and the level of detail that we are considering in relation to the design of our spaces. An interactive PDF of some of the pages is also available.
The Box will include seven large-scale permanent galleries and seven temporary exhibition spaces.
Situated between the University of Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art, The Box will form the heart of an exciting cultural quarter.
Find out about the development phase, what's been achieved to date and what our next steps are.
What happens next
Building and construction work has now commenced on The Box site and a ‘Museum On Tour’ programme is now under way in a range of venues and locations across Plymouth and beyond.
Whilst The Box is in development, Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives is delivering offsite exhibitions, displays, events and projects as the Museum goes 'On Tour'.
Whilst the City Museum and Art Gallery’s building has now closed for the development of The Box, some of our collections are now on display in other venues.
Take a look at the latest developments.
For up-to-date posts on what’s happening behind the scenes.