Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
B3 3DH


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The exterior of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery showing the main entrance and the clock tower.
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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:


The Staffordshire Hoard exhibition is in Gallery 16. 

Condor And The Mole, 2011 by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye © the artist courtesy Corvi-Mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

For the Record

  • 27 January — 29 June 2014 *on now

For the Record is the first exhibition to re-launch the Waterhall Gallery; a dedicated space for showing Birmingham’s modern and contemporary art collections.

This exhibition explores themes of preservation, recording and tradition in the work of a range of female artists selected from Birmingham’s collections, the Arts Council Collection and two West-Midlands based artists.

Arts Council Collection Partnerships supported by Christie’s.

Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close (detail), 2012 by Grayson Perry © the artist. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from AlixPartners

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 14 February — 11 May 2014 *on now

Birmingham Museum & Gallery is the first venue in the Midlands to present The Vanity of Small Differences, a series of six tapestries by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry.

Created during the Channel 4 television series All in the Best Possible Taste, they explore his fascination with British taste and tell a story of class mobility.

The UK tour of the tapestries is supported by the Art Fund and the Sfumato Foundation.


Blonde, 2013, by Lucy Hutchinson © the artist

New Art West Midlands 2014

  • 14 February — 18 May 2014 *on now

A showcase of new work by some of the best artists graduating from University art schools in the West Midlands: Birmingham, Coventry, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

New Art West Midlands is a multi-site exhibition taking place at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and partnership venues: Grand Union, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.


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.

Laboratory Safety for Conservators and Museums

  • 24 May 2014 9am-4:30pm

Health and Safety tends to cause great concern these days with people worried about who is to blame and will we get sued. In reality it is the application of common sense, preferably applied with a modicum of knowledge. In this course through lecture and discussion we intend to explain the legal responsibility and demystify the arcane art of risk assessment

Suitable for

  • 18+




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

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

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

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.