Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Queen's Road
Bristol
City of Bristol
BS8 1RL
England

Website

E-mail

General enquiries

general.museum@bristol.gov.uk

Telephone

0117 922 3571

Fax

0117 922 2047

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Bristol’s premier museum and art gallery houses important collections of minerals and fossils, natural history, eastern art, world wildlife, Egyptology, archaeology and fine and applied art.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open Monday -Friday, 10am-5pm
Weekends 10am-6pm

Admission charges

Admission free

Additional info

For a reminder of your visit, the Museum shop contains award-winning merchandise, including reproduction prints from the Art Gallery's collections, greetings cards, a wide range of books for all ages and interests, unusual gifts and Bristol-branded gifts to name just a few. To view the stock and for more information, visit the Museum Shop web page.

The Geology, Applied Art and Eastern Art collections at Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery are Designated Collections of national importance.

Among the Designated applied art collections with a strong Bristol connection are important collections of delftware and glass. Also designated are Bristol's geology collections and fine and applied arts from the Far East, including the celebrated Schiller Collection.

Part of Bristol Museums’ Designated Collections related to Bristol’s role as a manufacturing city and major seaport is on display here. Other parts of these collections can be seen at Georgian House, Red Lodge, and Blaise Castle House Museum. Please contact Bristol Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

At Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery there is a choice of galleries situated upstairs full of artworks: Old Masters, French School, British Collection, Modern Art and the Bristol School.

Alongside in the adjoining galleries, the decorative arts collections can be found: Eastern Art, Ceramics, Silverware and Glassware. On the lower floors - a fine collection of glittering minerals, ancient fossils and a large archaeology gallery showing the South West's geographic formation. Close by is the World Wildlife Gallery containing many examples of endangered or extinct animals, including the much-loved Alfred the Gorilla.

The popular Egyptology gallery contains real mummies besides other items and situated next door is the hugely impressive wall decoration made over 3,000 years ago - the Assyrian Reliefs. A natural history gallery contains examples of aquatic habitats in the south west of England and an interactive map of local wildlife sites and a freshwater aquarium containing fish typical of the region. Throughout the Museum and Art Gallery material from other countries can be seen, including pottery and clothing.

Collection details

Science and Technology, Religion, Photography, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Aviation, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Old Masters, French School, British Collection, Modern Art and the Bristol School
  • Eastern Art, Ceramics, Silverware and Glassware
  • Archaelogy / fossils
  • Egyptology / mummies
  • Assyrian Reliefs
  • Pottery and clothing
  • Natural history
  • Endangered or extinct animals, including the much-loved Alfred the Gorilla
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Ming Vase

Made in China: an imperial Ming vase

  • 11 October 2014 — 4 January 2015

In the early 15th century, China was the size of Europe, with a population approximately twice the size. A global superpower run by one family, the Ming dynasty’s imperial courts led taste in arts and culture, and saw the creation and consolidation of many of the cultural, social and political themes that shaped the development of China.

Ming porcelain has long been prized by collectors in Britain and around the world. At just over 50cm tall, this stunning blue-and-white vase with lotus decoration is the largest Ming imperial porcelain of its kind in the British Museum collection.

A British Museum Tour, supported by BP.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Suggested Donation: £2

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/made-china-imperial-ming-vase/

Wildlife

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • 29 November 2014 — 22 February 2015

Celebrating its 50th year in 2014, Wildlife Photographer of the Year provides a global showcase of extraordinary images celebrating the drama, beauty and splendour of the natural world with astonishing, creative and sometimes humorous wildlife photography.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

Additional information:
Free days: Friday 5 December and Friday 6 February (no groups on free days).
Last exhibition entry, 45 minutes before closing.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £3
Concs*. £2
Child (5-16yrs) £2
Under 5s free

Family ticket £8 (two adults and two children or one adult and three children)

Groups: 1 in 10 go free. Groups are requested to book their visits by contacting: museumbookings@bristol.gov.uk

Concessions*
Concessions are available with proof of identity for students, people over 60, ES40 holders, disabled people (carers free) and Friends of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year/

Curved Porcelain sculpture

Ahead of the Curve: new china from China

  • 13 December 2014 — 1 March 2015

Direct from China, this ground-breaking exhibition showcases contemporary ceramics and glass from emerging and established Chinese artists.

China is traditionally associated with imperial porcelain or modern mass-production. Ahead of the Curve will include striking new work and demonstrate current trends and practices in work being created in traditional porcelain centres Shanghai and Jingdezhen. The artists featured in this exhibition are challenging traditional approaches to making for the first time in centuries.

A partnership exhibition with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and Two Cities Gallery, Shanghai.

Join a gallery talk to find out more about the exhibition.

Supported by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free exhibition.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/ahead-pf-the-curve-new-china-china/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Schubart lecture: The Royal Collection on show

  • 25 September 2014 From 7pm

A wonderful insight into one of the largest and most important art collections with Jonathan Marsden, Director of the Royal Collection. Sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery.

Admission

£3

Rock

Workshop: An Introduction to rocks

  • 30 September 2014 11am-4pm

Work with real specimens to learn how to identify different types of rock found in the South West of Britain.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£35/ £25 conc.
Age 16+.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/

People in Victorian Art Gallery

Victorian paintings

  • 2 October 2014 1:15-1:45pm

The Victorian Art gallery explores the themes of travel, romance and modern life showing the extraordinary range of styles and subject matter that artists were experimenting with during this exciting period in British and other European art.

The Pre-Raphaelites are represented with works by Millais, Burne-Jones and Arthur Hughes. The gallery also highlights some of the best work from the city’s 19th and 20th Century collections, including La Belle Dame Sans Merci, painted by Frank Dicksee.

Admission

Suggested Donation £2

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/victorian-paintings/

Mexican Day of the Dead

  • 31 October 2014 10am-4pm

Join us for a celebration of the Day of the Dead – the annual Mexican festival where families gather to remember the dead.

Create your own Day of the Dead crafts, help us build a shrine, and visit our very first Death Café.

Part of the Bristol Family Arts Festival programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Suggested Donation: £2

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/mexican-day-of-the-dead/

Comet

Comets, asteroids and crashes!

  • 6 November 2014 7:30-9pm

Rocky asteroids and icy comets – Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society will introduce us to some of the intriguing objects that share our Solar System and our changing perception of them through history.

There’s also a chance to see real meteorites from the museum collection and a demonstration of how to put a comet together using (mostly) commonly available ingredients.

Part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives, see what’s on for the full programme.

Please note, the lecture take place at Tyndall Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol NOT Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Admission

Free. Places must be booked in advance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comets-asteroids-and-crashes-tickets-12798670167

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/comets-asteroids-crashes/

Sea Dragons

Sea Dragons

  • 6 November 2014 1:15-1:45pm

Meet some of our amazing marine reptiles in the collection on this guided tour of the Sea Dragons gallery with curator Deborah Hutchinson.

Learn about their discovery, their history and how they lived and thrived in the Jurassic seas of the South West.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free – Please book on the day as space in this intimate gallery is very limited.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/sea-dragons/

Brass Band

Lydbrook Brass Band

  • 9 November 2014 4:30-5:30pm

Performances by internationally renowned Lydbrook Brass Band conducted by Ian Holmes. Includes the premiere of ‘Silver Rose’, a new work by Liz Lane inspired by the Bristol born war poet Isaac Rosenberg.

The work has been specially commissioned by Bristol2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Part of a programme of events to accompany the Moved by Conflict exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/lydbrook-brass-band/

Books

Book Fair

  • 16 November 2014 10:30am-4pm

Snap up a bargain at the museum’s annual Book Fair. From children’s books to CDs and DVDs, there’s something for everyone.

Organised by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry. Drop-in.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/book-fair/

Rembrandt oil painting of 'The Jewish Bride’

Rembrandt: The Late Works

  • 18 November 2014 7-8pm

Rembrandt produced some of his most soulful, deeply moving and strikingly modern works in his later years. Dr Richard Stemp from the National Gallery looks at the work of the great Dutch Master.

Part of a lecture series organised by the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery. See what’s on for the full programme.

Admission

£3, payable on the night.
Places must be booked in advance

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rembrandt-the-late-works-tickets-12795251943

Sepia picture of The Clifton Suspension

The Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge

  • 4 December 2014 7:30-9pm

In this illustrated lecture, Francis Greenacre will show the extraordinary variety of alternative designs and architectural styles proposed by Brunel himself and by other engineers, architects and amateurs, as well as more recent images of the bridge as the emblem of Bristol.

Part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives, see what’s on for the full programme.

Please note, the lecture takes place at Tyndall Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol NOT Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Admission

Places must be booked in advance

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/clifton-suspension-bridge-avon-gorge/

Curiosity Gallery

Curious about Curiosity?

  • 4 December 2014 1:15-1:45pm

Curiosity, on the ground floor of the museum, features 11 interactive displays exploring a variety of objects from the museum’s Archaeology and World Cultures collections from different perspectives.

The displays include the mysterious Pool Farm cist slab, a bronze head of an Oba from Benin and the skeleton of a young man killed in Tormarton over 3,500 years ago.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/curious-curiosity/

Christmas decoration

Christmas Fair

  • 7 December 2014 From 10:30am

Enjoy gift stalls, Christmas carols and crafts at the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives’ annual Christmas fair.

Children can join in with a mosaic-making activity, and The University of Bristol Madrigal Ensemble will be singing carols from 11.30am to 12.15pm and 12.45pm to 1.30pm.

There will also be homemade cakes and preserves, a tombola, jigsaws, CDs, jewellery, gifts, bric-a-brac and a raffle.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry. Drop-in.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/christmas-fair/

Wildlife

A judge’s perspective

  • 13 December 2014 12-1pm

Join competition judge Roz Kidman Cox for a talk about the highlights from this year’s winning photographs and a reflection on the past 50 years of the competition.

The talk includes entry to Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6, includes exhibition entry.
Must be booked in advance.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/a-judges-perspective-2/

Curved ceramic sculpture

Ahead of the Curve gallery talks

  • 13 December 2014 2-2:45pm
  • 27 December 2014 11-11:45am
  • 4 January 2015 2-2:45pm

An introduction to the artists’ work in Ahead of the Curve, a ground-breaking exhibition which showcases contemporary ceramics and glass from emerging and established Chinese artists.

Find out how these artists are challenging traditional approaches to making, and hear more about our new range of hand-made Chinese ceramics in the shop with curator Kate Newnham.

Admission

Free. No need to book.
Meet at Reception.

Website

http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/ahead-of-the-curve-gallery-talks/

Timbuktu: Desert Phoenix

  • 8 January 2015 7:30-9pm

A look at the little-known history of the ancient Malian city and the story of how it rose to become a centre of medieval learning with author and TV presenter Dr Gus Casely-Hayford.

Dr Casely-Hayford will also talk about how Timbuktu was almost destroyed by a rebel invasion in 2013, and its thousand year old libraries burned – it is a tragic story, thankfully with a happy ending.

Part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

Admission

Free. Places must be booked in advance.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/timbuktu-desert-phoenix-tickets-12798938971

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