Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) first opened in 1885. It is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.
Galleries to Visit

The art gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which are part of the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world.

A new gallery has recently opened at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery that tells the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard.

The Birmingham History collections feature prominently in the 'Birmingham: its people, its history' gallery, which covers the majority of the 3rd floor.

You can also see art and objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history and culture. This includes Greeks & Romans and Ancient Egypt.
Exhibitions

In addition to the permanent galleries there is a diverse exhibition programme that offers a series of changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10.30am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm

Closed 24, 25, 26 December. Open New Year’s Day 11am - 4pm.

Admission charges

Entrance to the Museum & Art Gallery is FREE.
Some exhibitions charge an admission fee.

Getting there

By Road
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham. The closest car park is Town Hall Car Park (charges apply) which is 5 minutes walk from the museum. For google maps and Sat Nav use postcode B5 4AF.

By Bus
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham and within short walking distance of Colemore Row where a number of city centre buses terminate. The closest bus stop to the museum is on Edmund street for buses 9, 10, 27, 23, 23A, 24, 29, 29A, 82, 83, 87, 89, 120, 127, 128.

By Rail
The nearest train station is Snow Hill station (5 mins walk). Turn right upon leaving Snow Hill Station onto Colemore Row. Walk down Colemore Row until you arrive at Victoria Square. Turn right at the end of the Council House building and the main entrance to the museum will be on your right hand side.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

There are over 500,000 objects in Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery's collection. Our collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings draws visitors from around the world. Our permanent displays include fine art from the Renaissance to the present, topographical views of Birmingham, metalwork, ceramics and glass, Egypt and the ancient world, world cultures, the history of Birmingham's Bull Ring, social history and wooden artefacts. If you want to see a particular object, check beforehand to find out if it is on display. You can also visit our stores, where you can see a wide range of objects including vintage cars and industrial objects - just check our website for dates of stores open days and tours.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Personalities, Music, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
  • Pre-Raphaelites
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • William Holman Hunt
  • John Everett Millais
  • Ford Madox Brown
  • Edward Burne Jones
  • Birmingham School
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Renaissance art
  • Baroque art
  • Victorian art
  • Modern art
  • Metalwork
  • Coins and medals
  • Chinese ceramics
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Egypt
  • Sultanganj Buddha
  • World cultures
  • Ancient World
  • Archaeology
  • Birmingham history
  • Social history
  • Pinto collection of wooden objects
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 130 Years

  • 26 October 2015 — 1 September 2016 *on now

Find out about the story of the Museum & Art Gallery in a special anniversary exhibition.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating its 130th birthday. Opened on 28 November 1885 by the future King Edward VII, it was established with the aim of inspiring creativity and learning amongst the people of Birmingham.

This new exhibition traces the history of the Museum & Art Gallery, built by the people of Birmingham for the people of Birmingham. From Japanese armour and a Canadian totem pole, to beautiful metalwork and fascinating modern art, explore some of the treasures from the city's vast and diverse collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/bmag-130

Self-Portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud. Curated by John Stezaker

  • 28 May — 4 September 2016 *on now

Acquired for the nation in 2014, Sir Anthony van Dyck’s last self-portrait takes centre stage in this striking exhibition exploring the concepts of physical and metaphorical turning in portraiture.

This is the first ever exhibition curated by West Midlands born and internationally renowned artist, John Stezaker, who takes Van Dyck’s dramatic turned pose as his starting point.

Showcasing major loans from the National Portrait Gallery alongside highlights from Birmingham’s collection, the display will create a spectacle of turning in the gallery and will mirror the way the viewer moves around the space.

From Rembrandt and Rossetti to Picasso and Bomberg, 'Turning to See' is filled with celebrated names from art history. There’s also the chance to view fragile works on paper not normally on display, such as Burne-Jones’ sketches for the Pygmalion series from Birmingham’s collection.

Website

http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/turning-to-see-from-van-dyck-to-lucian-freud-curated-by-john-stezaker

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource

http://www.preraphaelites.org

Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery received funding from JISC to digitise the Pre-Raphaelite collection and make it accessible online for the education community. The resulting Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource provides full record information and allows users to examine images in great detail. You can browse the online collection, make simple searches or interrogate the collection data using filtering tools. The ability to filter the collection in this way should be particularly useful for study and research. You can also interact with the online collection by creating your own personal collections of images and by discussing the works with the online community.

Culture Club

http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/2004/general/extras/cultureClub.pdf

Join Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's club for children and families which encourages you to enjoy the exhibitions, take part in lively events and join in with exciting activities. Members receive a regular newsletter about events, a passport to record museum visits and information about competitions, amongst other things.

How to obtain

It is free to join Culture Club. Fill in the online form and post it off. Call Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 0121 3032834 for more information about the gallery's events.

Learning about Landscapes

http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/kids/landscape.htm

Have you ever noticed that artists use special tricks to make their pictures look like they are going back into the distance? Explore some of their tricks or have a go at creating your own landscapes.

Getting there

By Road
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham. The closest car park is Town Hall Car Park (charges apply) which is 5 minutes walk from the museum. For google maps and Sat Nav use postcode B5 4AF.

By Bus
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham and within short walking distance of Colemore Row where a number of city centre buses terminate. The closest bus stop to the museum is on Edmund street for buses 9, 10, 27, 23, 23A, 24, 29, 29A, 82, 83, 87, 89, 120, 127, 128.

By Rail
The nearest train station is Snow Hill station (5 mins walk). Turn right upon leaving Snow Hill Station onto Colemore Row. Walk down Colemore Row until you arrive at Victoria Square. Turn right at the end of the Council House building and the main entrance to the museum will be on your right hand side.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham
West Midlands
B3 3DH
England

Website

www.bmag.org.uk

Preraphaelite Online Resource

www.preraphaelites.org

Resources for Teachers, Parents and Kids

www.schoolsliaison.org.uk

Online Collections

www.bmagic.org.uk

E-mail

BMAG.Enquiries@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Picture Library

picture.library@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0121 348 8000

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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