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Print Room

Behind the scenes at Birmingham Museum is a vast collection of prints and drawings.

The Print Room at BMAG is home to 30,000 prints, drawings and watercolours ranging from medieval manuscripts to contemporary art.

Its most important items include an internationally famous collection of Pre-Raphaelite drawings. Some 400 watercolours and drawings by British artists are also kept here - including works by Gainsborough, Blake and JMW Turner - along with a fine collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. 

Works on paper cannot be displayed all year round because they are vulnerable to damage by light, but a changing selection is always on show in the galleries.


If you would like to see works that are not on display, you can arrange a personal visit to look at them in the Print Room. Admission is free and by appointment only.

The Print Room is open from Monday-Friday, 10-5pm. Two weeks notice is usually required and visitors should be aged 14 or over.

Organised group visits for schools, colleges and adult groups can be arranged. Please contact the Curatorial Department for details on +44 (0)121 303 2839.

The print room has lift access.