Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
B3 3DH


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0121 303 2834


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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.
Photograph of Birmingham Museum's staffordshire hoard gallery

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. 

symmetrical sculpture by Zarah Hussain

Symmetry in Sculpture: Recent Work by Zarah Hussain

  • 24 May 2014 — 25 January 2015 *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.


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True to Life? New Photography from the Middle East

  • 7 June 2014 — 4 January 2015 *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 Morocco to Afghanistan, 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.


photograph of two soldiers

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


photograph of microscope on desk

After the Goldrush

  • 6 September 2014 — 11 January 2015 *on now

Through prints, drawings and objects, the artist reflects on the transformation of artifacts that were once hidden and now, through cleaning and conservation, are revealed and put on public display.

As part of his research he also visited the Museum Collections Centre where many objects are held in storage. This space for the artist has an atmosphere of melancholy – an atmosphere that is revisited in the artworks exhibited.

Suitable for

  • Any age
collaged artwork by Lloyd Austins

West Midlands Open 2014

  • 25 October 2014 — 15 February 2015 *on now

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery brings you West Midlands Open 2014, an exhibition of artworks by practising and emerging artists from across the region.

The exhibition showcases a stunning array of work, including painting, sculpture and photography, selected by a panel of judges, including Turner Prize nominee, Roger Hiorns.

Start your own art collection with a piece from the exhibition. Much of the work will be available for sale.


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.