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“An architectural and history buff gem” 5 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 96 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.
London
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“An architectural and history buff gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

A well thought out and welcoming museum with ancient and modern artefacts, paintings and a lovely cafe

Visited January 2014
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“Interesting and free!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Really enjoyed our latest trip to the museum. Took grandchildren aged 6 and 4. They especially liked the stuffed animals. Because it's free you can visit often, you do not feel you have wasted money by not spending hours pouring over exhibits. Cafe is OK but better to zip up the road to Browns.

Visited August 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“The jewel in the crown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I have a longstanding affection for Bristol City Museum. The building itself oozes history and character. The walk from the foyer to the main hall fills one with awe about the importance of this landmark Bristol building.

I could probably go on for too long about this cherished museum, but instead will give you some highlights:

The Egyptology section is excellent: really informative and engaging. There are some excellent artefacts there but, importantly, the access to these is brilliant. There is lots of information to be read but this is subtle: you are not simply bombarded with information.

The exotic animals section remains superb and a real testament to the museum's history. This section was full of excited children when my wife and I visited, but also engaged and interested adults.

There are some excellent pieces of artwork and the newly-refurbished blue gallery is superb. There is also an excellent painting of Noah's Ark, which is an absolute must, and a wonderful painting of Ram Mohan Roy, the Hindu reformer.

Overall this museum has something for everyone. For the adults it is informative and interesting, for the children engaging and exciting. This is surely Bristol's premier museum?

Visited January 2014
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Dursley, United Kingdom
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“Perennial City Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Long established city museum with small shop and café but a good range of permanent exhibits and regular exhibitions. The Banksy takeover was fantastic. Always popular with school trips but great to just pop in and see a few exhibits.

Visited December 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Nice museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Good way to spend an hour to a couple of hours. Have been to more interesting places but overall a nice museum

Visited September 2013
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