Shrewsbury museum (re)opens

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newmuseumFor a few years, Shrewsbury has been preparing the site of its museum. The old museum which was at Rowley’s House, was intriguing enough on its own with an inside that melded different styles, typical of the town but the new location is just as interesting.

The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery will welcome its first visitors on Tuesday 1st April 2014, (I wonder why they picked that day?) with an exhibition from Frank Cohen’s internationally acclaimed collection of contemporary art, especially curated for the launch.

Shrewsbury’s Victorian Music Hall and a rare 13th century mansion have been the focus of a ground breaking restoration project that has cost more than £10m and created a new museum and gallery space.   It holds some of the nation’s most treasured Roman artefacts, including an ornate silver mirror discovered at nearby Wroxeter, one of only a handful still existing from the period. There will also be exhibits inspired by the work of scientist Charles Darwin, who was born and educated in the town.

The Frank Cohen display will feature artwork by the likes of Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Charming Baker and Jake and Dinos Chapman, as well as pieces from rising stars championed by Cohen. The individual works have been chosen for the way they resonate with the Museum’s Darwinian theme.

The Museum will house the Visitor Information Centre and will also be the starting point for walking tours, encouraging visitors go out and explore the living history of the town and wider county for themselves. The ground floor of the Music Hall is also home to a new café bar and shop.

Admission charges to the Museum & Art Gallery, including the Frank Cohen exhibition, will be £4.00 per adult and £2.00 per child, with reductions for seniors and groups.

Shrewsbury has some of the Britain’s finest Tudor and Georgian architecture and its timber framed buildings and winding passageways, known locally as ‘shuts’, are a popular quirk, particularly with overseas tourists. It may have some steep hills but for most, the town makes a good day trip being compact and a good base for exploring the countryside.

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