- December 21st, 2005
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Located in the Drake Circus region of Plymouth, City of Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery in England is the biggest and finest museum and art gallery in the city. Built according to typical Edwardian Style, this exceptional English museum and art gallery was built in 1907. This stunning museum was built by the famous Thornely and Rooke.
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery boasts an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts, natural history together with human history.
The natural history section alone features more than 150,000 specimens. There is also a significant natural history library and archive. Highlights of the natural history collection are relics from Dartmoor, Bronze and Iron Age objects from Mount Batten and post-medieval and medieval discoveries from Plymouth. There are also important artefacts from ancient Egypt, Europe and Middle East.
The arts collection is also equally extensive. It consists of 750 easel paintings, more than 3,000 watercolours and drawings, 5,000 prints and a considerable number of sculptures. A significant amount of art was contributed to the Plymouth Museum by renowned artist William Cotton in 1852. Today it has become popular as the Cottonian Collection. The art gallery also includes a large number of fine works done by local artists such as Robert Lenkiewicz, artists of the Newlyn School and St. Ives group of painters.
The newly opened galleries at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery are, bringing the World to Plymouth, Ancient Egypt, Uncovered and Plymouth Port and Place. The museum’s collection is on the rise each year due to the donations of generous Plymouthians. This impressive museum and art gallery also purchases important artefacts relating to Plymouth Heritage. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery continues to preserve and exhibit its vast collection offering enjoyment and awareness to locals as well as international visitors.
Visitors can easily board in at a Plymouth Hotel such as Copthorne Hotel Plymouth and further explore this unique museum and art gallery.