Current exhibitions

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is a unique opportunity to see sixty portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Saturday 2 May 2015 -
Sunday 16 August 2015
Millennium Gallery

Precious Little Gems: Florence Carter and Jodie Hatcher

New work from talented young silversmiths Florence Carter and Jodie Hatcher

Monday 13 April 2015 -
Sunday 13 October 2013
Millennium Gallery

Life on the Edge: Ice Age Frontier

From the remains of long extinct woolly rhinos and mammoths, to the tools and weapons used to hunt them, Life on the Edge will explore the close relationship between Ice Age people and their environment.

Saturday 28 March 2015 -
Sunday 20 September 2015
Weston Park

Work in Focus: Prussian Blue

Renowned Scottish artist Michael Fullerton has been commissioned in a new collaboration between S1 Artspace and Museums Sheffield.

Friday 20 March 2015 -
Saturday 30 May 2015
Graves Gallery

The Illustrated Aviary

This exhibition draws together 70 works by notable bird artists such as John James Audubon, Edward Lear and John Gould, exploring the weird and wonderful and familiar feathered friends.

Saturday 31 January 2015 -
Sunday 14 June 2015
Millennium Gallery

NADFAS Bursary Display

A new work by Sheffield Hallam University student Alexandra Defina , supported by a bursary from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.

Monday 19 January 2015 -
Friday 30 January 2015
Millennium Gallery

Edward Bawden - Artist & Designer

Edward Bawden was one of Britain’s most influential graphic artists of the 20th century. This new display represents Bawden's career through prints, watercolours, mural deigns and examples of his iconic wallpaper.

Saturday 20 December 2014 -
Saturday 30 May 2015
Graves Gallery

The Great Outdoors - Paintings by Stanley Royle

Stanley Royle was one of the most popular Sheffield painters of the 20th century. This major retrospective exhibition, the first in almost 30 years, will showcase Sheffield’s magnificent collection of his paintings, the largest in the country.

Saturday 13 December 2014 -
Saturday 30 May 2015
Graves Gallery

Traces of Empire: Decoration and Design in Roman Britain

In 43 AD, Britain was invaded and became a province of the Roman Empire. This new display looks at the change in decoration and style during this period using significant archaeological finds from Museums Sheffield's collections.

Saturday 11 October 2014 -
Saturday 31 October 2015
Weston Park

Metalwork Collection Highlights

The home of Sheffield’s metalwork collection is being refurbished this winter; over the next few months this display will showcase some of the highlights of this unique collection, from prehistoric cutlery to contemporary design.

Friday 12 September 2014 -
Sunday 12 April 2015
Millennium Gallery

Natural Connections

Using Greno Wood in north Sheffield as an example, Natural Connections looks at how wildlife and green spaces all connect to each other.

Permanent exhibition Weston Park

Over South Yorkshire Skylines

From swans and swallows to goshawks and goldcrests, South Yorkshire’s breeding birds in all their feathered glory are the focus of a new display at Weston Park

Permanent exhibition Weston Park

Professor De Lyle’s Punch & Judy Show

A display in the Sheffield Life and Times gallery celebrating Victorian Sheffield entertainer Professor De Lyle and his popular Punch & Judy show

Permanent exhibition Weston Park

History Lab

History Lab is a place for budding sleuths to help us find answers to some of the intriguing questions history has thrown our way.

Permanent exhibition Weston Park

Gallery VIII: A golden age

Expansion of trade in the 17th century created a flourishing art market. Wealthy Dutch merchants could afford paintings for their homes. This was a Golden Age for painting.

Permanent exhibition Graves Gallery

Gallery VII: Reflections

Portrait painting has been a major theme within Western art for hundreds of years. This Gallery contains fine examples of the art form and explores themes of fashion, power and politics.

Permanent exhibition Graves Gallery

Gallery VI: 400 years of European art

Encompassing over 400 years of European art history this gallery explores some of the key themes of art history; story telling and symbolism, the landscape around us and religion.

Permanent exhibition Graves Gallery

Gallery V: A century of change

During the 20th century, artists began looking at people around them, their everyday lives and the landscape that surrounded them in different ways. This gallery showcses work from a century of unprecedented change and upheaval.

Permanent exhibition Graves Gallery

Gallery IV: Abstraction and Art now

Identity, pattern and colour; Gallery IV explores some of the key themes that have engaged contemporary artists over the past fifty years. Gallery IV contains work by internationally important artists such as Bridget Riley and Marc Quinn.

Permanent exhibition Graves Gallery

About Art

In About Art you'll find wonderful paintings from Sheffield's collection here, but you'll also discover more about where artists find their inspiration and the materials they use.

Permanent exhibition Weston Park


The Treasures gallery showcases some of the remarkable highlights of the Sheffield's World Cultures collection, exploring their links with the city and its people.

Permanent exhibition Weston Park

Arctic World

Welcome to the land of ice and snow! Come and find Snowy the polar bear. Find out more about the people and animals that live in the Arctic.

Permanent exhibition Weston Park

What on Earth!

Come face to face with a T-rex, find the squelchy parts of the swamp forest and discover what happens when lightning strikes sand.

Permanent exhibition Weston Park

Sheffield Life and Times

Sheffield Life & Times tells the story of the city from the point of view of the people who have lived here.

Permanent exhibition Weston Park

Ruskin Collection

John Ruskin was a Victorian writer who searched passionately for beauty in the world and created this collection. Through it he hoped to inspire us all to discover and engage in the world’s extraordinary splendour.

Permanent exhibition Millennium Gallery

Metalwork Collection

Throughout spring 2015 the Metalwork Collection displays at the Millennium Gallery will undergo a major programme of redevelopment. The collection will close for refurbishment on Monday 16 February with the new-look displays opening on Wednesday 3 June 2015.

Permanent exhibition Millennium Gallery