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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH

Tel: +44 (0)121 303 1966

Admission: Free entrance. Some exhibitions and events may charge.

Opening Times:
Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10.30am - 5pm
Sat 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12.30pm - 5pm
Closed: 25 & 26 Dec and 1& 2 Jan

See the BMAG Access page for information about access.

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:

  • The art gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which are part of the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world.
  • You can also see art and objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history and culture. This includes Greeks & Romans and Ancient Egypt.
  • Recently Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has also become home to the Staffordshire Hoard. There is a temporary Hoard gallery where objects can be seen on display. A permanent gallery will be developed.
  • The Birmingham History collections will feature prominently in the new Birmingham History Galleries, due to open in late 2012.
  • The collections have been Designated as outstanding by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and have local, regional, national and international importance.

Many of the objects from BMAG's science collections can be seen at Thinktank - Birmingham's Science Museum.

Exhibitions and Events

BMAG also has a diverse exhibition programme that offers a series of changing exhibitions throughout the year. Information about exhibitions and events can be found on the What's On page.

Family Friendly

There are galleries and events specifically designed for families and children. Please look at the For Families page for more information.

Spotlight Sessions

Put your own object under the spotlight - bring it to the museum for our experts to tell you all about it. Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month between 1pm and 3pm. They will take place in the Industrial Gallery on the 2nd floor. Please note that the curators cannot give valuations.

Collections Enquiries Service

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is currently working on an exciting and ambitious capital project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, entitled Birmingham – A City in the Making. The project will see the creation of a new and innovative wing of Birmingham history galleries on the top floor of the museum. To focus on the delivery of this major project, the Museum and Art Gallery is suspending its public enquiries service in the several collection and subject areas from 1 April 2010 until 31 March 2011 when it will be reviewed. Further information is given as a word document and as a pdf.

Building Works

Birmingham – A City in the Making is a £9.0m capital development project that will see the creation of innovative new galleries telling the global story of Birmingham and its people, from prehistory to the present day.  It will transform the top floor of this Grade II* listed museum and significantly enhance visitor facilities. There will be gallery closures and changes to access to galleries and spaces at BMAG as a result of this work. Please contact us if you would like to check if something is on display before you visit, or if you have any queries about which galleries are effected.

October 2011 to Christmas 2011

As of Sunday 30th October and until Christmas 2011 there will be no public access from the end of the bridge link to all galleries and spaces beyond. This is to allow for building works in this area to take place and will result in the building having to operate as two separate sites during this period. Please read the Access page for more information. The following work will be completed by Christmas 2011 on the second floor:

  • An improved visitor orientation area
  • A new family activity area
  • A new decorative art gallery