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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol

(4.3/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Dinosaur remains, paintings by Renoir, and ancient Egyptian artifacts are yours to explore at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. This museum has a vast collection focusing on world culture, natural sciences, and art. Kid-friendly areas pair age-appropriate exhibits with companion adult displays. Kids can visit the museum’s crystal cave, make a pot, and create fossils. Use our Bristol itinerary maker to visit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on your trip to Bristol, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Our second visit this month. The first on the 5 Jan was for a lunch time talk by the curator of the Adela Bretton watercolours of ancient Mayan and Aztec wall painting in the lat 19th early 20th centu...  more »
  • I rarely go a month without popping in - there's just so much to see! Beyond the excellent exhibits of Bristol's cherished Museum, the place is very well-maintained and the rolling event exhibits and ...  more »
  • Visited on Sunday to primarily visit the art gallery. There was a small but interesting modern art display. The wildlife is interesting. I was impressed with the intricate paper weights and glass wear...  more »
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  • Pretty good. I wish the museum had a bit more focus as it is currently a mix of natural history and art. Usually I'm either in the mood for one or the other. The museum is also relatively small, but you can't fault it too much for that. It's free after all! I really only went for the art and went through most of it in about an hour or so, but it was well presented and curated.
  • Theres so much to see here. I really loved all the nature things. Lovely big building
  • It's a rather quaint museum. I had enough time for 40 mins and saw pretty much everything they had to offer. Maybe a half hour more to experience it properly is sufficient.
  • This is a museum which lacks focus and suffers for it. It tries to cover off every museum genre in a moderately sized building and so fails to deliver in any area. About a quarter of the space seems to be given over to the atrium and cafe (space for rent for events). The remainder tried to cover: natural history; modern art; classical and Renaissance art; prehistory; oriental ceramics; local (Bristol) history; aviation; Uncle Tom Cobbly and all. As a result, none of the individual collections are large enough to offer much depth and none of them tie to the next with any narrative. The whole museum feels like a collection of 'old bits and bobs' rather than a considered collection whilst also lacking the character that some other slightly more eccentric exhibitions manage to deliver. This is simple not one thing, not another. By contrast, the Red Lodge House Museum (within the same group within Bristol) is so well focused, that despite a far smaller collection, it is more enjoyable to spend twice as long there as at the main museum.
  • Nice place to spend a few hours on a wet afternoon in Bristol. Took my 5 & 7 year old and they really enjoyed it.