The Millennium Gallery is located in the heart of Sheffield city centre. The gallery is primarily dedicated to collections that display Sheffield's industrial and social history. Alongside the permanent displays are revolving exhibitions of contemporary art, craft, and design.
The entrance to the gallery is preceded by an indoor botanical garden covered by a glass dome, which is actually the largest of its kind in all of Europe. The plants are changed several times a year to reflect the changing seasons.
Sheffield has a long historical connection with steel production, primarily in the form of cutlery, knives, teapots, and other domestic items, all of which are on display in the metalwork exhibition. The collection contains around 13 000 items, which tell the story of industrial Sheffield beginning in the 1800s to the present day. In addition to the Sheffield-made items, the collection presents other domestic items from early Europe, Africa, and Asia, including flint knives dating to 2500 BC.
The Ruskin Collection, which is also known officially as the Collection of the Guild of St George, was created by John Ruskin, an author from the Victorian era who wrote about art, architecture, and landscapes. The collection contains many diverse styles of art from several cultures, such as early Renaissance art, engravings by Albrecht Dürer, mosaics, Japanese cloisonné enameling, photographs, watercolours, and illustrations. Also on display is Ruskin's eclectic collection of geological items, coins, illustrated books, and medieval manuscripts. The collection is viewable online.
Finally, there is an exhibition space dedicated to technology and visual media. Here visitors can interact with film, computers, and other technologies in space-age style domes illuminated with blue lighting.
The gallery also has a café that offers various refreshments. The full menu is available here. Tables are bookable in advance, except Saturdays, by calling 0114 278 2633. There is also a coffee cart outside the café, which offers a range of hot drinks.