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Wollaton Hall & Park, Natural History Museum

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Wollaton Hall, an Elizabethan construction, houses since 1929 the city's Natural History Museum. The Nottingham Industrial Museum is located in the out-buildings. It is set in a 202 ha (500 acres) of parkland, with grassland, wetland and woodland, and is home to a large herd of free-roaming deer.

Today the park is not only used as a public park, but also for large-scale outdoor events such as rock concerts, sporting events and festivals.

With a collection of 750,000 objects, Wollaton Hall is the largest dedicated Natural History museum in the county.

Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588, commissioned by Sir Francis Willoughby. The designer is supposed to be Robert Smythson, who was also the architect of Longleat. 

Some paintings of the ceilings of the house are attributed to Sir James Thornhill and may be also to Laguerre.

The house remained in the family until 1881, when it was bought by Nottingham Council, from the head of Willoughby family, Digby Willoughby, 9th Baron Middleton.

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Wollaton Hall & Park, Natural History Museum

Wollaton Park
Wollaton
Nottinghamshire
NG8 2AE
United Kingdom