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“Too much and not enough” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Queens Road | Clifton, Bristol BS8 1RL, England
+44 117 922 3571
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Ranked #19 of 97 Attractions in Bristol
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Explore our collections of art, nature and history on display in this beautiful building. Find out about the last billion years of earth's history, explore the region's natural wonders and discover more about peoples' lives, past and present. Entry to the Museum is free.
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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“Too much and not enough”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

We visit a lot of city museums and always acknowledge that each city has different funds, needs, investment attitudes to cultural attractions, etc. Here, it is clear that Bristol is funding more "funky" cultural activities in more central areas. It is a shame that older museums and art galleries such as this are missing out on investment and as such it is dated, underdeveloped and very tired. The families that were there, however, seemed to enjoy the experience and it definitely has more family appeal than strong artistic or social significance.

The word eclectic was probably invented for this museum. You can see everything from stuffed animals to a Banksy or fine china to a biplane. There are some lovely little pieces and everyone will probably find something they are intrigued by, but the range is too great and the detail too little. There is little logic to the displays; genre, era or context have no bearing. Taking the modern art gallery as one example: there are lots of interesting pieces but no information for the visitor, no detail on provenence or how the piece fits into its genre.

Attempting to be all things to all men has resulted in a gallery that ultimately left us feeling unsatisfied.

Visited September 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Brilliant and informative museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

The Bristol Museum is located in a massive, lovely old building, slightly overshadowed by the University of Bristol Wills building next door, but impressive none-the-less. The Museum was great, set on 3 stories surrounding two open halls. They have managed to pack a great deal of information in there, but maintained a roomy and uncluttered feel to the place. The exhibits were detailed and informative, the art beautiful and the atmosphere relaxed.
The Bristol Museum offers a great range of art and historical exhibits and it’s all for free, but I would strongly recommend making a donation to ensure this wonderful place can continue on into the far future.

Visited August 2011
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Great museum and free, definitely worth visiting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

I have visited this museum many times and have always enjoyed it. It is free and there is always so much to see, I especially enjoy the art on display and it is often very peaceful walking throguh the galleries. Also many shows go on display here: BAS 6, Drawing the line, Wildlife photographer of the year, so watch out for these too as they are usually really good!

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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“Very good; free and interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

The Bristol City Museum is a really nice way to spend a couple of hours with little people - and it is completely free.

You can see Egyptian mummies and relics, the natural history of the South West of England, minerals and geology, Albert the Bristol guerilla and until early 2009 the Young Wildlife Photographer of the year (2008), an exhibition which contains some breathtaking pictures by kids and teenagers.

Definitely worth a visit, particularly if you're with children, and an interesting and well set-out museum in a beautiful building.

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Coconut Creek, Florida
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“A Good Investment in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2004

In late november of last year,I visited this pleasant museum and enjoyed its paintings,archaeological exhibits,and sculptings. I appreciated fine paintings by Giovanni Bellini,Joos Van Cleve,Cornelius de Zeeuw,Jordaens,Claesz,Richard Wilson,Millais,Gilman,Gore,and Didier-Pouget. I saw fine sculptings by Jacob Epstein. This museum had interesting displays pertaining to the Roman occupation of Bristol and Bath. This museum has a fine Chinese Art collection. Best of all,it is free of charge. I spent two and a half days in this museum.

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