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About Us

Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery (BMAG) is the largest city museums service in England. Our visitor numbers continue to rise and in 2009/10 we welcomed 856,000 visitors (an increase of 26% on the previous year) and including 50,000 school children. 

Our global programme of loans – lending objects to other institutions – means that every year, over 3 million people visiting museums and art galleries worldwide see collections that have come from Birmingham.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. The museum shows its collections of art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography in over 40 galleries. The collections have been Designated as outstanding by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and have local, regional, national and international importance. 

The Community Museums are: Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, and Soho House. All are important historic buildings offering a wide range of displays, exhibitions, events and activities for everyone. In addition to the five museum sites, the Heritage Services section also cares for Weoley Castle, the ruins of a 13th Century manor house which recently underwent a £1.14m capital refurbishment project.

The Museum Collections Centre (MCC) brings together the majority of the stored collections into one building. Access is being developed with research, visits, and public open days.

The service also has responsibility for the care and maintenance of the City’s public art portfolio and is leading on the implementation of the BCC Heritage Strategy. It also manages and facilitates the loan, development and care of the City’s collections of science and technology to Thinktank, and the City’s Natural History Collections.

Community Museums

Aston Hall is one of England’s finest Jacobean mansion houses. Aston Hall still bears the scars of the English Civil War and is surrounded by 50-acres of beautiful parks and gardens.

Blakesley Hall is a beautiful 16th-century timber-framed house at Blakesley – one of just a few of its kind remaining in Birmingham. The house is set in picturesque gardens full of wildlife.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is the perfectly-preserved Smith & Pepper jewellery factory.

Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving watermills in Birmingham.

Soho House was the home of Matthew Boulton, one of the fathers of the industrial revolution. Here he met with the greatest minds of the 18th-century and founded his manufacturing empire.

Weoley Castle is the 700-year-old ruins of a medieval moated house.