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Free entry as Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery celebrates 5th birthday

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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating five years of opening and is offering FREE entry on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March 2019.

Join staff and volunteers in The Square in Shrewsbury town centre on Saturday 30 March 2019 between 11am – 3pm and help to create a giant birthday cake!

Since it opened on 1 April, 2014, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) has welcomed 415,963 visitors.

An image of a father and his son looking at the Lego model of Rochester Castle with intrigue in the Brick History exhibition that was at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery from 12 February to 15 April 2018.

Visitors to Brick History at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in 2018

Over the past 5 years SM&AG has held 36 special exhibitions including Lego, Vikings, Secret Egypt, and are currently hosting a popular teddy bear exhibition from Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“I can’t believe that it has already been five years since Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery opened – the time has flown by.

“During this time we have welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Museum and last year had our first service strategy approved so the future is extremely bright for our wonderful county museum.

“I’m delighted that we are able to offer free entry to people in celebration of this anniversary and hope to see lots of you there!”

Fay Bailey, Shropshire Museums’ service manager, said:

“We’re delighted to have welcomed so many visitors over the last five years. We’re celebrating five years of SM&AG with a packed programme of workshops, films, exhibitions and events for 2019 which showcase Shropshire’s talented artists and makers.”

SM&AG lets you experience the stories that make Shropshire unique as you explore millions of years of history through over 1,000 remarkable objects and encourages children to delve deeper by taking part in the Maximo Mouse Trail.

Did you know that the Museum’s resident café, stop.cafe have baked (on site) nearly 100,000 slices of delicious cake. If you put those slices end-to-end, to make a cake trail, it would stretch for nearly one kilometre?


This exhibition invites you to come face-to-face with your favourite bears in this new exhibition created by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

An image of a mother and her young son who is holding a teddy bear, reading a book in the bear cave in the Bears exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Visit the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on 30 or 31 March 2019 and get free entry.

Reading in the bear cave in the Bears exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

On your journey through the exhibition, you will meet iconic bears like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington bear as well as many of the bears who feature in popular contemporary children’s literature.

You can hunt for bears in the bear forest and enjoy original manuscripts and illustrations from Phillip Pullman, Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Julia Donaldson and many more.

This exhibition is open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 28 April, 2019 and is perfect for the whole family.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and operated by Shropshire Council.