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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Matt Connelly


May 14, 2020
In and around Birmingham you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to learning about the rich history of the city. There are 89 specialist Museums and Art Galleries across the Birmingham region, so you’re never short of options if you want to delve into the past. In this edition, we are aiming the spotlight on Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) located in the city centre in a beautiful landmark building established in 1885. It has an international collection of exhibits covering fine art, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, archaeology, natural history, local history and industrial history.

With over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and natural history, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is an ideal destination for any group visiting Birmingham for educational, leisure or business purposes.

The Art Gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which are show-casted as part of the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world. 

Pre-Raphaelite Gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Pre-Raphaelite Gallery

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 third floor of the museum.

You can also see art and objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history and culture. This includes Ancient Egypt and Greeks & Romans. BMAG is a fascinating place to visit for any visitor to Birmingham. Let’s have a little look at three of the museum’s exhibitions:

Birmingham: its people, its history

Explore the fascinating history of Birmingham by travelling back in time to the city’s medieval beginning. Visit the exciting and chaotic world of the 18th century town and immerse yourself in the wealth and poverty of the Victorian era. Follow the city’s suburban expansion and the roles played by the people of Birmingham in both World Wars.

Discover stories of the people who make up the city's diverse community. ‘Birmingham: its people, its history’ will engage the whole family, through displays of fascinating collections, the personal stories of local people and a variety of films illustrating their lives.

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An inquisitive visitor enjoying the Birmingham: its people, its history exhibit

Staffordshire Hoard Exhibition

Discover the story of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered.

Visitors can learn more about this amazing treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the conservation techniques used by scientists to unlock its secrets today.

Hundreds of pieces from the Hoard are on show, as well as hands-on displays exploring how these intriguing items were used before they were buried almost 1400 years ago. Visitors can find out about the exquisite craftsmanship used to create the items in the hoard, whose styles and design can be linked to many regions across Europe.

Plus, visitors can get a snapshot of Anglo-Saxon England in the ‘Mead Hall’ which shows how a 7th-century Lord and his warriors once lived.

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The Staffordshire Hoard Helmet

Ancient Egypt Gallery

The Ancient Egypt Gallery features relics and artefacts from over 3000 years of Egyptian life. Pupils at primary school in the UK learn about ancient Egypt as part of their curriculum so it is a very popular place for educational visits.

There are many objects dating back to the Predynastic period, 4500-3000 BC, through to the major Pharaonic periods of Egyptian civilisation and into the Christian and Coptic era, approximately 200 AD. It includes pottery and objects from everyday life in addition to artefacts of Egyptian gods, their jewellery and mummies. 

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The mummy mask of Tutankhamun

Visit the museum for a Virtual Tour

Take a look inside of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This Virtual Tour of the museum will inspire you to visit in person – it’s a fascinating place and free to enter so whether you’re travelling alone or as part of a group, it’s time to visit one of the UK’s truly amazing museums and art galleries.

Matt Connelly

Sales Director of Warm Welcome Homestays - passionate about Birmingham and a long track record of working with students.

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