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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3DH

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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. 

Discover the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, in its own dedicated gallery.

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.


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

Find out about current and future exhibitions at the Museum and Art Gallery on the  What's On page.

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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    There is no car park at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, but car parks and pay and display on street parking can be found close by. Parking bays for Blue Badge Holders can be found on Margaret Street, Edmund Street and Newhall Street.  

    Public Transport Directions

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is accessible via almost every major bus route in the city and is within a short walking distance from New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street railway stations. There is also a light railway that runs from Wolverhampton to Snow Hill.  



    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - There is a lift at the Gas Hall entrance on Edmund Street. This lift is to all floors of the museum and is the best entrance for exhibitions in the Gas Hall. There is also a lift to all floors at the Great Charles Street Entrance. This lift can be found in the Learning Zone. On entering the Great Charles Street Entrance turn left into the Learning Zone and down the ramp. View street map which shows lift entrances. Wheelchairs are available for use within the museum.
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - There is no car park at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, but car parks and pay and display on street parking can be found close by. Parking bays for Blue Badge Holders can be found on Margaret Street, Edmund Street and Newhall Street.

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Language Line Visitors can communicate in their own language to ask questions or receive information. Staff will phone the Language Line and visitors will be asked to speak to a linguist. The linguist will be able to act as an interpreter between the visitor and staff member. This service is offered at all sites. Language Line has an extensive network of linguists who can translate up to 150 languages.

    Opening Times

    1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019


    Saturday, 26 January 2019 - Sunday, 12 May 2019

    TOO CUTE!Rachel Maclean to curate a major new exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery called Too Cute! The exhibition includes a new original film by Rachel Maclean in which she plays a grotesque Care Bear-like creature called ‘Dr Cute’.
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    Tel: 0121 348 8000

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