The Ice Age exhibition

The dream of creating a new museum for Creswell Crags to showcase some of the rarest Ice Age finds from the caves has finally been realised. For the first time in over a hundred years artefacts have been sourced and brought together from major British collections to illustrate this most influential period of human history. Let this nationally important exhibition guide you through the story of life in the Ice Age.

The £7 million project, principally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional contributions from East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is now completed and open to the public.

Incorporating state-of-the-art displays, a research and library room, collection storage facilities as well as a suite of rooms for education groups, talks and conferences. From the museum visitors are able to walk out into the limestone gorge and tour around the prehistoric caves.

The British Museum, a major partner with Creswell Crags, is one of several museums that have agreed to loan artefacts for display and as part of a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions. Other museums that have pledged loan objects include The Natural History Museum, The Manchester Museum, Bolton Museum, Cliffe Castle Museum, Brew House Yard Museum, Wollaton Hall, Buxton Museum, as well as material from the Creswell Crags Museum’s store.


Brand new for 2017 is our amazing "Augmented Reality" sandbox.

Create some mountains and then place your hands over the sand to create awesome virtual rain! 

You really do have to see it to believe it. It has been very popular so far - especially with children!

Inspirational Cave Tours

Come face to face with your past...

Exploring objects