Temporary Exhibitions

The Exhibition Gallery is one of the biggest and most attractive contemporary galleries in the region. Since opening, the gallery has established itself as one of the best spaces of its kind in the region and its strategic importance is recognised by all the major funding agencies. The gallery allows Tullie House to bring the works internationally renowned contemporary and fine art to its visitors in high quality exhibitions. The exhibition programme also serves the Carlisle community with exciting family friendly exhibitions and looks to the Tullie House collection to explore local history. Find information about the current exhibition here.

To explore our previous exhibitions click here

A British Museum Partnership Gallery

This permanent exhibition showcases Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery’s significant Roman collections along with items on loan from the British Museum.

A broad range of interpretative techniques have been employed throughout the gallery including mixed-media displays and experience-based interactive exhibits aimed at local, national and international visitors.

To find out more about The Roman Frontier Gallery click here

The Border Galleries

The Border Galleries are on the First Floor of the museum (lift access available). The Galleries explores the history of Carlisle's history as a Border City, from Prehistoric to more modern times. 

Within the Border Galleries you can learn about Cumbria's first prehistoric settlers in our Origins display; uncover the secrets of the Norse visitors to Cumbria in Vikings Revealed; explore the deadly world of the Border Reivers and take a look at Carlisle's more recent past by discovering the stories and social history.

Old Tullie House

The 'Old House' is based within the original Jacobean house (1689) and is the perfect backdrop for displays from Tullie House's Fine and Decorative Arts collection. Works on display are subject to change to allow us to show different works and preserve the condition of the collection.

Within Old Tullie House are two galleries, the Jacobean staircase and the main staircase. The ground floor gallery houses 'The Pre-Raphaelites: Women in the Picture', an exhibition of the museum’s important collection of works by Pre-Raphaelite artists and their heirs focussing on the women who were models, artists and patrons of the Movement.  The first floor Panelled Room focusses on George Howard, an artist and patron of the Pre-Raphaelites, with further works from this Movement and related Arts and Crafts textiles, ceramics, metalwork, furniture and costume.

To find out more about the exhibitions in Old Tullie House please click here