Research and Cultural Collections, University of Birmingham

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From Alabaster vessels to Zoomorphic masks, from medical instruments to modern British landscape paintings, the University of Birmingham’s Research and Cultural Collections hosts a vast range of extraordinary artefacts that play a valuable social, cultural and educational role in campus life and wider communities. Since our beginnings, objects have been integral to teaching and research at the University of Birmingham, with the result that collections are often embedded within various academic departments relevant to their origins or purpose. They cover a breadth of disciplines and reflect the range of academic work at the University. Other collections are dispersed throughout the campus in the very places where students and staff study and relax, offering inspiration and enlightenment to all. The University of Birmingham’s Research and Cultural Collections comprise several thousand artefacts, of local, national and international significance and through exhibitions, displays, talks, tours and classes, we aim to make them accessible to staff, students, researchers and the general publics.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm. Please see our website for details of temporary exhibitions, events and publically accessible collections. To make an appointment to see a particular collection, please contact us by email or phone.


Admission Free

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Restaurant
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)

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