The Museum of Making
This brand new Museum (open from 27th May 2021) celebrates the area’s rich history of innovation. The Museum of Making in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site will be a contemporary space space telling Derby’s 300-year history of making to inspire new creativity on what is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first factory!
The Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall
The Museum of Childhood is housed at the National Trust’s Sudbury Hall in Ashbourne, home to a large collection of early toys, curios and vintage teddies opening a door to the past. Hobbies, costumes, education and pastimes are all reflected in the large collection, including the Betty Cadbury collection of 'Playthings Past' - childhood objects ranging from the 'World's Smallest Noah's Ark' to the 'Smoking Chinaman' automaton.
East Midlands Aeropark
Plane enthusiasts shouldn’t miss out on the collection of 27 complete air frames at the East Midlands Aeropark, situated right next to the runways of the East Midlands Airport (from where you can see modern airliners taking off and landing). Inside its hanger there are also a number of aircraft engines including a Rolls Royce Avon, Rolls Royce Gem, Rolls Royce Spey, Rolls Royce Viper, Bristol Hercules and Gyron Junior, along with a Link Simulator and numerous other aircraft components, and historic photographs.
Sharpe's Pottery Museum
Based in Swadlincote, Sharpe's Pottery Museum explores the history of Derbyshire's pottery industry - including the ever-popular toilet exhibition! (Open from 24th June.) Before then, a variety of outdoor craft activities will be happening over half term, 3rd to 5th of June, to include paint a pot and air dried clay workshops.
Crich Tramway Village (AKA The National Tramway Museum)
Take a trip back in time and ride vintage trams amongst the beautiful Peak District countryside. The museum is home to more than 60 trams (built between 1873 and 1982) which are set in a period village containing a working pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots.
National Space Centre
Based in Leicester, the National Space Centre is the ultimate day out for space fans. The huge 42-metre Rocket Tower is visible from miles away, and is home to the Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets, as well as the Gagarin Experience, Apollo Lunar Lander and real Moon Rock! Learn about the universe and our solar system, take a walk through a replica of the International Space Station and view the weird and wonderous space oddities on show.
The National Brewery Centre
The National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent is home to an impressive number of exhibits and displays focussing on the town’s brewing history. Children are treated to a day of fun at the Centre, meeting the huge Shire horses who live on site, playing Edwardian games, exploring Victorian job roles, taking part in a detective trail and seeing the Robey steam engine in action.
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