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"Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery" Museum & Art Gallery Tip by leffe3

Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham: 13 reviews and 21 photos


The first part of the Museum & art Gallery was opened back in 1885 and formed part of the Council House. Sharing building space with the council was at first advantageous - as the city grew and the need for expansion of the Council buildings, so did the gallery - by the 1920s the museum had more than 40 rooms (as opposed to the original 4). But it became disadvantageous in the 1950s - ongoing repairs resulting from bomb damage meant that the museum shrank in size as the council requisitioned space.

But the 1980s expansion and renovations has resulted in an impressive museum of the history of the city and the industrial revolution in particular, with the gallery, whilst not 'up there' with some of the great regional galleries of the world, is well represented in the applied arts (ceramics in particular) and has one of the biggest collections of Pre-Raphaelites in the world.

Open Monday-Thursday & Saturday, 10am-5pm: Friday 10.30am-5pm: Sunday 12.30pm-5pm
Admission Free

Address: Chamberlain Square
Phone: 0121 303 2834

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 13, 2009
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