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Museums and Galleries

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is part of a remarkable extended family, including Thinktank Science Museum.

In other parts of the city are six more museums, showcasing everything from the city’s thriving jewellery heritage to its stately Jacobean past.

  • Aston Hall is one of England’s finest Jacobean mansion houses. Aston Hall still bears the scars of the English Civil War and is surrounded by 50-acres of beautiful parks and gardens.
  • Blakesley Hall is a beautiful 16th-century timber-framed house at Blakesley – one of just a few of its kind remaining in Birmingham. The house is set in picturesque gardens full of wildlife.
  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is the perfectly-preserved Smith & Pepper jewellery factory.
  • Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving watermills in Birmingham.
  • Soho House was the home of Matthew Boulton, one of the fathers of the industrial revolution. Here he met with the greatest minds of the 18th-century and founded his manufacturing empire.
  • Weoley Castle is the 700-year-old ruins of a medieval moated house.

Visit the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website for details of exhibitions, events and activities.

Here is a selection of other heritage buildings in and around Birmingham:

  • Council House is a Grade II listed building dating back to the late 1800s
  • Curzon Street Station is the original London to Birmingham Railway terminus.
  • Gun Barrel Proof House, also featuring historical documents, artefacts and memorabilia relating to the arms and ammunition trades
  • Hall of Memory was erected to commemorate Birmingham citizens who died in the "Great War"
  • Old Crown is the oldest secular building in Birmingham
  • St Martin's Church, the parish church of Birmingham, is a Grade II listed Victorian Church. It was rebuilt in 1873 preserving the earlier tower and spire
  • St Philip's Cathedral, a Grade I listed building, is an example of English Baroque architecture. It was consecrated as the parish church in 1715 and became Birmingham's cathedral in 1905
  • Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves Minworth Greaves is a timber cruck-framed, Grade II listed building in Bournville, an area of Birmingham, England. It is thought to date from the 14th-century or earlier, possibly as early as 1250
  • Town Hall is an example of Roman Revival civic architechture based upon the Roman Temple of Castor and Pollux. Acclaimed at its opening in 1834 as the finest music hall in the country, this Grade I listed landmark underwent a £35m renovation by a dedicated team of conservation and construction professionals

Birmingham Heritage Forum is an independent society which encourages interest in Birmingham's heritage

Other museums and art galleries in and around Birmingham:

  • Birmingham and Midland Museum Of Motor Transport showcases the evolution of bus manufacturing and operating industries. It houses one of the most significant collections of preserved buses and restored battery electric vehicles in the country.
  • Cadbury World is a visitor centre where you can discover the history, making and magic of Cadbury confectionery, and see a demonstration of chocolate making skills.
  • Ikon Gallery features temporary exhibitions showing work by artists from around the world. A variety of media is represented, including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation
  • National Motorcycle Museum is recognised as the finest and largest British motorcycle museum in the world. The Museum collection now boasts some 1000 plus machines, fully restored to the manufacturers original specifications with over 850 on display at any one time.
  • Pen Room contains an amazing collection of over 5,000 objects related to the Birmingham Steel pen trades and the history of writing. The collections include items of factory machinery plus other hands-on objects.

More information about attractions in and around Birmingham is available at http://visitbirmingham.com/

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