Events and Exhibitions at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

See below for exhibitions at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and links to forthcoming events, art history lectures and life drawing sessions.

Current Exhibitions

Grunts and Grapples: 8th April - 2nd July

Curated by design historian Kerry William Purcell, 'Grunts & Grapples' profiles the golden age of British wrestling from the 1950s until the 1990s. Wrestling was a central part of British national life in this period with iconic figures such as Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy appearing in hundreds of UK town halls and theatres night after night as well as featuring on TV.

The Royal Society’s Local Heroes Exhibition: Dean R. Lomax – A Local Science Hero!
Wednesday 21st June – Saturday 16th September 2017.

Our temporary exhibition celebrates a modern day local hero - Doncaster born Dean Lomax, a palaeontologist and honorary scientist at the University of Manchester. The exhibition tells the story from Dean’s dinosaur loving childhood, through to his current success as an award winning palaeontologist. 

Local Heroes Exhibition Events

  • Local Heroes Launch Day: Saturday 1st July. 10:30 - 16:00.
    Celebrate the launch of our Local Heroes Exhibition. Featuring talks, crafts, handling tables and an appearance by our baby T. rex (at 12.00 and 15.30)
    Talk: 'Adventures of a Palaeontologist Making Dreams Reality' by Dean Lomax
    Talk 1: 11:00-12:00. Book your ticket here
    Talk 2: 2.30pm-3.30pm. Book your ticket here.
    Talks are free to attend but tickets will be required for entry. Book your tickets using the Eventbrite links above (avaiable from 9th June).
  • Local Heroes Exhibition Family Day: Thursday 27th July. 11:00 - 15:00.
    Come along to a family themed event to celebrate our Royal Society's Local Hero Exhibition. Includes handling tables, an appearance by our baby T.rex (at 12:30 and 15:00) and craft activities.
    Craft activities are free but have limited spaces and tickets will be needed for entry.
    Book your ticket on Eventbrite from Thursday 6th July, link to follow.
  • Local Hero Exhibition Closing Event: Saturday 16th September, 10:00 - 16:00.
    Come along and celebrate the closing of the exhibition. Including crafts, handling tables and the following: 
    Meet Dean Lomax- 11:00-12:00
    Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite from Friday 25th August, link to follow.
    Fossil Identification Session: 13:30-16:00
    Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite from Friday 25th August, link to follow.

To find out more about any of these events please call Reception on 01302 734293.

Forthcoming Exhibitions

Doncaster Art Club: 8th July - 9th September

Our annual exhibition by members of the Doncaster Art Club

Podules: 8th July - 9th September

A return to Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery for these amazing sculptures that you can climb into!


Refugee Week 2017
Friday 23rd June 2017, 11am until 1pm

Join us as we celebrate Refugee Week 2017 at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery. The event includes:

  • Spotlight tours of objects in the Museum led by refugees and asylum seekers
  • Conversation Café. Come and meet people from across Doncaster and find out about our shared futures
  • Screening of the award winning BBC documentary 'Exodus: Our Journey to Europe"
  • The opportunity to find out about life in Doncaster as a refugee or asylum seeker

Festival of Archaeology open day at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 22nd July 2017, 11am until 3:45pm

Free event for public.

Come along and help us celebrate our local Archaeology with a range of hands on activities, displays and a talk.

There are lots of free demonstrations and hands on activities to get involved with including an iron smelt, flint knapping, pottery making, crafts, dressing up, hands on investigations and artefact handling tables. There will also a number of stalls including face painting, sweets and ice cream. Find out more about this event on the Archaeology Festival website.

Art History Lectures by Rachel Holland-Hargreaves

Lectures start at 10.30 am and last for an hour and a half. Each lecture costs £5 to be paid at the museum reception and includes refreshments. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Dates and topics:

Friday 7th July. Impressions of Steam: Atmospheric Images of the Railway in Art

Artists from Turner to Monet, and into the 20th century with Terence Cuneo, have been inspired by steam railways. In this lecture we bring together a group of the images that they created.

Life Drawing Sessions

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery host monthly life drawing sessions. The sessions are aimed at all abilities, and take place in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Sessions times are 11am to 1pm and/or 2pm to 4pm (the morning session is repeated in the afternoon)

Materials are provided in the cost of the session as well as easels, paper and drawing boards.  Please note that the minimum age for attending these sessions is 16. 

Forthcoming sessions:

15th July

Fees per workshop are £7.50 full fee or £5 concessions. Please note that tickets for life drawing sessions can now be purchased over the phone from Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery (phone 01302 734293), or purchased direct from the museum reception on Chequer Road. Tickets for life drawing sessions can be returned for a refund up to a week before the date of the event.

Your Paintings

The Public Catalogue Foundation photographs and documents oil and acrylic painting held in public collections across the country.

To look at Doncaster's collection please go the Your Paintings web site

More information:

For further information please contact us:

  • email:
  • tel: 01302 734293
  • address: Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE
Last updated: 22 June 2017 11:22:45