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20 years have passed since the discovery of our world famous rock art. At the time it was realised to be Britain's oldest rock art, and as such became a significant part of the country's prehistory.

To celebrate we're hosting a range of events for everyone to take part in, whether you're keen to know more about the art or simply want something arty-but-different to do with the family.

Special Anniversary Events

Creswell Crags’ rock art: past and recent research

From early April

2023 is the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the Ice Age rock art at Creswell Crags. This exhibition will explore the story of the discovery, initial findings, and brand-new research. A video will show researchers and Creswell Crags staff members discussing stories and personal reflections on rock art.

This exhibition is inside our Temporary Exhibition Space and is free to enter.

Palaeontology at Creswell Crags and beyond

Thursday 6th April to Friday 2nd June

In 2022, a statue of palaeontologist, Mary Anning, was unveiled in Lyme Regis, after a long campaign spearheaded by teenager, Evie Swire. The statue’s maquette is touring the country, and Creswell Crags is proud to host it this year.

The maquette will form the centrepiece of an exhibition about palaeontology, looking broadly at the science, and Mary Anning's contributions, before focusing in on palaeontology at Creswell Crags. The exhibition will also feature the premier of a video about Creswell Crags’ palaeontology, created by Cave Bear Films.

This display is downstairs in the Visitor Centre and is free to enjoy.

Our Museum

Open daily

Our Museum displays a number of objects unearthed at Creswell Crags. This nationally important collection includes stone and bone tools as well as the remains of several surprising species which you might not have known were regular visitors to Britain.

Artefacts have been sourced and brought together from major British collections, including evidence of Ice Age art, all which illustrates this most influential period of human history. Let this nationally important exhibition guide you through the story of life in the Ice Age.