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Museums & Exhibitions

Home of our Ice Age Ancestors

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 inhabited Britain.

Artefacts have been sourced and brought together from major British collections to illustrate this most influential period of human prehistory. Let this nationally important exhibition guide you through the story of life in the Ice Age.

Explore Our Collections


Special Exhibitions

We hold a number of special exhibitions each year, on a wide variety of themes including archaeology, history, art, nature and wildlife. We work with many different groups and individuals on these exhibitions, and best of all, our temporary exhibitions are FREE!

Rewilding: bringing the past to the present

Rewilding is a conservation strategy aimed at restoring natural processes and ecosystem functions. Conservation palaeobiology uses the past to inform present rewilding efforts.  

This exhibition explores rewilding and conservation palaeobiology, focusing on key example species, including red kite, brown bear and beaver. It also explores key case rewilding case studies, including Knepp in West Sussex, and Pleistocene Park in Siberia.

Finally, the exhibition tackles the question of rewilding with woolly mammoths. Is it actually possible to bring back the woolly mammoth? Where would they live? And should we actually try to bring them back? 

From 10th May 2024

Upstairs temporary exhibition room (first floor of the building)

Red kite bird in the sky.
Three people excavating.

Archaeology at Creswell Crags: the community experience 

Since 2019, Dr Kevin Kuykendall from the University of Sheffield has been leading excavations at Creswell Crags. Rather than excavating the caves, the current excavations focus on the landscape of the gorge and surrounding area. In 2023, a community programme was developed, which recruited volunteers from the local area. This exhibition looks at the excavations from the aspect of the community programme, and showcases some of the newly-excavated items.

From 6th October 2023

Downstairs temporary exhibition area (ground floor of the building)