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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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  • We visited the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery primarily to see the Saxon Hoard exhibition. What a fantastic and fascinating story of how it was discovered, and the artefacts were beautifully displa...  more »
  • I recommend to all lovers of history and art. You can always find something interesting for yourself. I advise you to visit also the current exhibition, really worth it. Before you visit the Museum worth checking out whether the admission is free. In many British museums. Sometimes it depends on the day, or the time of year.
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  • This is such a lovely place to visit. We used the tea rooms and a big pot of tea for two was £2:80, exhits are varied and interesting, pre- raphaelite artworks beautiful. Go you won't regret it..it's ...  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.