Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

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Chamberlain Square
West Midlands
B3 3DH

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. A new gallery has recently opened at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery that tells the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard. 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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm Friday 10.30am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm Closed 24, 25, 26 December. Open New Year’s Day 11am - 4pm.


Entrance to the Museum & Art Gallery is FREE. Some exhibitions charge an admission fee.

Travel directions:

By Road Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham. The closest car park is Town Hall Car Park (charges apply) which is 5 minutes walk from the museum. For google maps and Sat Nav use postcode B5 4AF. By Bus Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham and within short walking distance of Colemore Row where a number of city centre buses terminate. The closest bus stop to the museum is on Edmund street for buses 9, 10, 27, 23, 23A, 24, 29, 29A, 82, 83, 87, 89, 120, 127, 128. By Rail The nearest train station is Snow Hill station (5 mins walk). Turn right upon leaving Snow Hill Station onto Colemore Row. Walk down Colemore 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.

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Braille information and/or interpretation
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits

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