Current exhibitions

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Made in China: An Imperial Ming Vase

Discover how and why this iconic blue-and-white porcelain vase, on tour from the British Museum, represents a crucial period in China’s history.

Saturday 12 July 2014 -
Sunday 5 October 2014
Weston Park

Drawing the Summer: The Paper Museum

This exhibition is part of Drawing the Summer, a programme of exhibitions, events, and have-a-go activities to get Sheffield sketching morning, noon and night

Thursday 10 July 2014 -
Saturday 16 August 2014
Graves Gallery

Drawing the Summer: Drawing the Line

For centuries, drawing has been used as a tool to communicate ideas, express ourselves and make sense of the world. This exhibition brings together drawings from across Sheffield’s collections representing art, history and science.

Thursday 10 July 2014 -
Saturday 16 August 2014
Graves Gallery

50th Anniversary of Sheffield Biological Records Centre

2014 sees the 50th anniversary of Sheffield’s Biological Records Centre. This display will commemorate the work of this unsung hero of local wildlife and green space conservation.

Tuesday 8 July 2014 -
Sunday 14 September 2014
Weston Park

The Wonder of Work: Prints of War & Industry by Joseph Pennell

This display of prints by American artist Joseph Pennell shows the power and scale of the First World War munitions works.

Saturday 5 July 2014 -
Saturday 13 December 2014
Graves Gallery

Recording Britain Now

Celebrating the city’s connection with the artist, critic and scholar John Ruskin, the Millennium Gallery hosts an exhibition of work shortlisted for the 2014 John Ruskin Prize.

Saturday 28 June 2014 -
Sunday 12 October 2014
Millennium Gallery

Yorkshire in Yellow

Yorkshire in Yellow invites contemporary artists, designers, and creatives to design their own tribute in the form of a yellow T shirt for an exhibition at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery over the duration of the Grand Depart.

Saturday 31 May 2014 -
Sunday 7 September 2014
Millennium Gallery

Our City, Our Objects

This display brings together 10 objects from Sheffield’s collections which each tell a different story about the city.

Saturday 10 May 2014 -
Sunday 5 October 2014
Weston Park

Little Gems

This year silversmith and jeweller Jen Ricketts will show a new piece celebrating Sheffield’s industrial heritage and its skyline, old and new.

Monday 28 April 2014 -
Monday 1 September 2014
Millennium Gallery

Recording Britain

In the winter of 1939 an extraordinary art project began. Beneath the spectres of invasion and bombing, artists were commissioned to paint ‘places and buildings of characteristic national interest’.

Thursday 3 April 2014 -
Sunday 2 November 2014
Millennium Gallery

Sheffield & the First World War

As museums around the UK mark the 2014 centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we launch a new exhibition which explores Sheffield’s experience of a global tragedy.

Wednesday 19 February 2014 -
Sunday 1 March 2015
Weston Park

NADFAS Bursary Display

A new work by Sheffield Hallam University student Hannah Therese Chapman, supported by abursary from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.

Tuesday 26 November 2013 -
Friday 11 April 2014
Millennium Gallery

Wings of Scale: Butterflies & Moths from Sheffield’s Collection

This new display shows the amazing beauty and diversity of butterflies and moths from all over the world, highlighting their importance for the wellbeing of any eco-system.

Saturday 9 November 2013 -
Sunday 7 September 2014
Weston Park

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

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

Help in Hardship – Friendly Societies

This display in Sheffield Life & Times explores the role of Friendly Societies, which provided money to its members faced with hardship

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

Treasures

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

The metalwork collection is one of the finest in the world. It contains the cutlery, flatware, tableware and personal objects that have made Sheffield famous, plus beautiful objects collected from every continent.

Permanent exhibition Millennium Gallery