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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

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Part of the largest independent museum trust in the UK, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery holds an astounding collection of fine art, ceramics, metalwork, and archaeological artifacts. Admission to the museum's permanent collection is free, but major exhibits in Gas Hall may charge a fee. In the museum portion of the 19th-century building, you'll see artifacts relating to the history of industry, as well as images of Buddha and exhibits on local history. The notable art collection in the gallery houses works from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the most extensive collection of Edward Burne-Jones, a celebrated British artist and designer of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, in the world. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and many more Birmingham attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Birmingham trip itinerary builder.
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  • The quality of the displays, the paintings, and the artefacts is world class, and worth an hour or two of anyone's time. I am a bit of a ceramics (pottery) fan and an amazing collection is displayed b...  more »
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is not all that big, but it manages to pack in a lot of interesting things. The most recent important highlight, is The Staffordshire hoard. Although the individual p...  more »
  • Had a great time at the museum and gallery. Went for the Pre-Raphaelite works and the only downside was the lighting in certain rooms (the room containing Rossetti's Beata Beatrix!). For a free day ou...  more »
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  • We took two toddlers and had a great time. Although I would have spent much longer here without the children so a return visit is on. Plenty of interactive exhibits for little ones. Lily loves dressing up so was very happy playing in the medieval clothes and the old fashioned kitchen.
  • A great mix of modern art and a stunning pre-raphaelite collection. The recently completed Staffordshire Hoard gallery is a great example of modern museum displays mixing engaging content, information and artefacts with interactive exhibits. The Birmingham history gallery upstairs also offers a varying array of information and items from across the city's history that helps to highlight the shifts not just in the city, but in society. A great Edwardian tearoom tops it off. A great free attraction to visit in the city.
  • With regard to the museum part, there are some very nice antiquities. Some of the older items are very old indeed, but the selection of items in general is not particularly diverse and there is little information about the context of either how they were found or how they were used. I can't really say that I learned anything new outside of the cuneiform display, which had a great selection of objects that contained every-day writings for such things as accounting. The artwork seemed to take up a larger area and contained the usual spread of items from pre-raphaelites onward. I'm not an art lover myself, but I can usually find something of interest that surprises me. That was not really the case here. There was nothing that stopped me in my tracks and made me pay attention.
  • If there is one thing you must do in Birmingham it's visit this museum! Family friendly and very inviting for a museum. The collections are diverse. Look out for events they organise they are great too. Best part it's a free museum
  • One of Europe's great museums, but because it's in the Midlands rather than London or Paris it doesn't have the reputation it deserves.