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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Museum & Art Gallery

Opened in 1885, the collections cover fine art and applied arts, archaeology and ethnography, natural history, social history. The Museum has the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works in the world, as well as Old Masters and Impressionists. Recently the modern and contemporary collections have had a new home created in the Waterhall Gallery of Modern Art, positioned just at the rear of the Museum.

The Museum and Art Gallery has an ever changing programme of temporary exhibitions in the main gallery and in the Gas Hall. For a full and up to date listing of events please visit the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website

Currently on display.

Rarely seen items from the life of Cardinal John Henry Newman are on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 6th January 2011. more details

A selection of Staffordshire Hoard artefacts are on display in Gallery 16. These include 20 artefacts previously unseen and include: Gold buckle, Torn gold hilt plate, Gold plaque with animal interlace, Gold Mound – bird and fish. more details

Future exhibition

The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours exhibition starts on 29th January 2011 and is the largest survey of Pre-Raphaelite drawings and watercolours ever staged. more details

 The Long Engagement by Arthur Hughes

Opening hours:
Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10.30am-5pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sunday 12.30pm-5pm

The museum will be closed from Saturday 25 to Tuesday 28 December 2010 inclusive and on 1 Jan 2011.

Admission Free: Admission to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is free except for some temporary exhibitions at the Gas Hall. Tickets for some very popular paying exhibitions can be reserved.

The Shop stocks a wide range of souvenirs and gifts and the Edwardian Tea Room provides refreshments in magnificent surroundings.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
B3 3DH

Tel: (+) 44 (0)121 303 1966


Guided tours available for groups of up to 25 people
Tel: 0121 303 1966 for further information

For information about public transport to the museum or about parking please visit the Visitors section of the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery website. This section also has further information about disabled access.


Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery website

BMAGIC Collections Online website

Prints from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Picture Library