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“An architectural and history buff gem”

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Ranked #10 of 207 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Explore our free 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.
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“An architectural and history buff gem”
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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181 reviews
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“Interesting and free!”
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
Thank Pauline F
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
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“The jewel in the crown”
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
Thank BenandAlexandra
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Dursley, United Kingdom
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“Perennial City Museum”
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
Thank Stephen A
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Nice museum”
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
Thank Samantha W
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