Opening Times

The museum and theatre are open on the following days:

Saturday 22 April 10am-5pm

Saturday 13 May 10am-5pm

Saturday 10 June 10am-5pm



Exceptional & Extraordinary invited four artists to explore behind the scenes of eight of the UK’s renowned medical museums and – in collaboration with experts in medical history, disability and museums – to produce a series of thought-provoking new commissions that examine our attitudes towards difference with the aim of stimulating debate around the implications of a society that values some lives more than others.

Initiated and led by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), University of Leicester, Exceptional & Extraordinary was funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.

See Unruly Bodies

Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) has received £85,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its exciting project: ‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’.  The HLF’s grant means that vital building works can begin to protect the rare, Victorian Grade II* listed theatre and its remarkable collection of original, hand painted scenery.  The scenery, which has no equal anywhere else in Britain, is extraordinarily complete with more than 80 flats, 18 borders, 5 painted cloths and many individual pieces. Read full story here.

Museum & theatre next open: 10am-5pm Saturday 22 April

In the Footsteps of Dr John Langdon Down

A Walk Around Normansfield

Saturday 22 April | 10.30am – 12.30pm

A talk using maps, architectural drawings and photographs to trace the development of the site. This is followed by a walk around the original Normansfield site locating the position of lost buildings and finding those that remain. The one hour walk is mostly along pavements but will also include some rough paths and grassed areas. The total distance is about one mile.

Light refreshments. Cost: £10.

See Talks and Tours

Download a copy of our talks and tours leaflet here. Museum Talks And Tours Leaflet 2017

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You can download our children’s trail here or pick up a free copy in the museum

Childrens trail A4 download

Childrens trail

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