Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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

Website

Main 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

General Enquiries

enquiries@birminghammuseum.org.uk

Picture Library

picture.library@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0121 303 2834

Fax

0121 303 1394

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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Founded in 1885, the collections cover fine art and applied arts, archaeology and ethnography, local and industrial history.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Thurs 10.00-17.00
Fri 10.30-17.00
Sat-Sun 10.00-17.00

Admission charges

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

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.

Staffordshire Hoard

  • 15 July 2012 — 31 December 2014 *on now

The Staffordshire Hoard is in Gallery 16. This unique Anglo-Saxon collection is still in the process of being conserved and in this gallery you can see objects pre-conservation and objects that have newly been conserved.

The Hoard is made up of over 1,500 pieces of beautifully crafted gold and silver from the 7th century Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.

This exhibition tells the story of the Hoard find and the history of Anglo-Saxon Britain.

As well as seeing the Hoard objects you can also use the interactives to take a closer look at some of the star items that are not currently on display.

There is also the opportunity to handle two replica Saxon swords.

Conservation of the Hoard is taking place at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Due to conservation work, research work and occasional photography and filming days we cannot guarantee which objects will be on display in the gallery. If you would like to check before your visit please phone: 0121 303 1966 or email: bmag_enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

Admission

The Staffordshire Hoard exhibition is in Gallery 16. 

Home away from Home

  • 29 March — 3 August 2014 *on now

Through remarkable photographs, artefacts and oral history, 'Home away from Home' captures the experiences of women migrating from Mirpur to Birmingham in the 50s, 60s and 70s and evokes the spirit of the region from which they came.

'Home away from Home' also tells the stories of the women and their families as they made new lives in the Saltley and Washwood Heath areas of Birmingham. These stories break all the stereotypes of ‘hard times’ and ‘struggles’ faced by women during this period. Despite the lack of availability of traditional Asian food, limited understanding of the English language and feelings of homesickness, women recall these times as the ‘Good Old Days’ when they received nothing but sheer warmth from the new community they found themselves in and felt safe and secure in their homes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3243

Rowland Emett Automata

Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett

  • 10 May — 21 September 2014 *on now

Experience the happiest exhibition of the summer!

Step inside a land of fun and make-believe and discover fantastical mechanical contraptions and cartoons by the man behind Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s most extraordinary inventions. The quirky moving machines, or automata as they are known, include a flying machine and a bicycle for cycling across the moon.

This exhibition is the largest ever display of Emett’s work. It tells the story of his life from early years in Birmingham to becoming a major national and international figure.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult: £5
Child (3-15 years): £3
Concessions (Students, Seniors): £3
Unwaged (proof of eligibility must be shown): £2
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £10

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3160

Symmetry in Sculpture: Recent Work by Zarah Hussain

  • 24 May — 2 November 2014 *on now

Presenting sculpture based on the geometric patterns used in Islamic art, this exhibition showcases work by one of the UK’s most exciting British Pakistani artists.

Zarah Hussain is inspired by complex patterns that emerge from simple repeating shapes and echo the natural beauty of the universe in all its’ timeless forms. Her new three-dimensional wall sculptures transform these patterns into clean, minimal structures precisely arranged to reveal new ways of seeing shadow, colour and light.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3205

True to Life? New Photography from the Middle East

  • 7 June — 2 November 2014 *on now

An exhibition of incredible contemporary photographs by internationally-acclaimed artists from the Middle East.

'True to Life? New Photography from the Middle East' encourages visitors to question the authenticity of what appears to be represented in photography, and explores what is real, staged or imaginary.

The exhibition features a selection of loaned works from the British Museum and Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum’s fascinating collection of major names and emerging talents in photography from the Middle East. These will be shown alongside works from Birmingham’s own collection.

From Tunisia to Iran, True to Life? takes visitors on a journey investigating the role of photography in the Middle East and considers debates surrounding migration and the representation of women.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3233

Soldier Stories: Birmingham and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1914 - 1918

  • 19 July 2014 — 26 July 2015 *on now

Birmingham has long been one of the principal recruiting areas for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, now the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Soldier Stories recounts the experiences of Birmingham men who served with the Regiment between 1914 and 1918 using personal objects, medals and memorabilia.

The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the First World War and includes material from Birmingham Museums and the Dave Vaux collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3242

Soldier Stories: Birmingham and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment

  • 2 August 2014 From 10am

Birmingham has long been one of the principal recruiting areas for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, now the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Soldier Stories recounts the experiences of Birmingham men who served with the Regiment between 1914 and 1918 using personal objects, medals and memorabilia.

The exhibition commemorates the centenary of the First World War and includes material from Birmingham Museums and the Dave Vaux collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

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.

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.

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.

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