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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3DH

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About

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.

Exhibitions

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.

Guide Prices

FREE entrance.
Some exhibitions and events may charge.

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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

    By Road

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham. Only minutes from the Bullring and Birmingham Grand Central, the nearest motorways are the M6, M5 and M42.

    The closest car park is Town Hall Car Park which is 5 minutes walk from the museum, it is operated by Birmingham City Council (charges apply). For google maps and Sat Nav use postcode B1 1TA. Upon parking and leaving the car park, turn right once exiting on Brunel Street, left on Navigation Street and take the first left again up Hill Street, continuing to Chamberlain Square and the main entrance ahead of you. 

    Blue Badge parking can be found on Margaret Street and Edmund Street which are in close proximity to our Edmund Street lift entrance. 

    By Bus / Metro

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham and within short walking distance of Colmore Row where a number of city centre buses terminate. The closest bus stops to the museum are for buses 9, X10, 82, 87, 89, 120, 127 and 128. Bus services are operated by National Express West Midlands  . 

    The Midland Metro tram runs from Wolverhampton to Birmingham Grand Central/Birmingham New Street Station every 8-15 minutes, 7 days per week. The closest tram stops are Grand Central (6 minute walk up a slight hill), St Chad's and Bull Street (both an 8 minute fairly flat walk away). Tram services are operated by West Midland Metro .

    By Rail

    The nearest train station is Snow Hill station (less than 10 minutes walk away). Turn right upon leaving Snow Hill Station onto Colmore Row. Walk down Colmore Row until you arrive at Victoria Square. Turn right at the end of the Council House building and the main entrance to the museum will be on your right hand side.

    New Street station (less than 10 minutes walk away). Due to the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station, changes have been made to the entrance/exit points. From New Street Station exit walk up Lower Temple Street and turn left onto New Street. Walk down New Street until you arrive at Victoria Square. The main entrance to the museum will be on your right hand side opposite the Town Hall.

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • 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.

    Tel: 0121 348 8000

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    Opening Times

    1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
    DayTimes
    Monday - Thursday10:00 - 17:00
    Friday10:30 - 17:00
    Saturday10:00 - 17:00
    Sunday10:00

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