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“A must see attraction in Birmingham”

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Ranked #5 of 281 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: From Renaissance masterpieces and cutting edge contemporary art to Egyptian mummies and the iconic HP factory sign, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery showcases a world class collection and offers fascinating glimpses into Birmingham's rich and vibrant past. Highlights include the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world and the largest find of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered - the Staffordshire Hoard. Don't miss the Birmingham History Galleries - packed with artefacts, local treasures and interactive displays that reveal captivating stories of Birmingham from the last 500 years.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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“A must see attraction in Birmingham”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

I live in Birmingham and sometimes we forget that we have a wealth of art on our doorstep, I used to visit the museum at times in my lunch hour to catch any exhibits I wanted to see. A great facility for Birmingham and a must see.

Visited May 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“One of the best free things to see in central birmingham”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

City museums tend to be hit and miss at times whether they will be good or not and thankfully Birmimgham proved to be the former. This large museum situated in a perfectly themed building houses a wide variety of different collections and themed rooms over a few floors. It is not just the city museum but also the city art gallery, further increasing what there is to see. The Buddha room; the gas house moderns city exhibit; the room looking at the origins of modern urban culture and rap music; and collections of stain glass pieces were particular exhibtions I enjoyed.

At times I could have been mistaken I was walking through an Oxford Musuem or a London museum since the rooms had such a similar feel to them. There should be more maps to help you locate your way around though as a couple of times I became slightly lost.

The café/restaurant is set in a large open space room filed with seating and collections all around; it is not often you will find a café that feels it has received as much attention as the museum collections rather then being an optional add on.

The staff seemed quite friendly enough on my visit and they will approachable when I came to ask them questions.

Overall I enjoyed my visit to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; it is close to Birmingham new street station and to the Bullring shopping centre and being free means you have a cheap way to amuse yourself for a morning or afternoon.

Visited May 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Visiting an old relative”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Clean and tidy ...just had tea and scones with cream and jamnoticed some nice looking ..and smelling hot food ..was tempted...next time.

Visited January 2013
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Hanley Swan, United Kingdom
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“Excellent place to visit if the weather is poor”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

We went here to escape the rain. Free entrance was a bonus. Great Pre-raphaelite collection, Burne Jones, Dante Gabriel Rosetti etc
Would have like to have seen more of the Staffordshire Hoard but that is on tour at the moment

Visited May 2013
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Billingham, United Kingdom
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“Slightly disappointing.”
Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Travelled over 200 miles to see the artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard. Eventually found some parking with the help of the Birmingham Community Support Officers who were excellent and knowledgable. The Museum is actually more art gallery then museum, but that is not a bad thing, with an excellent display of pre-Raphelite art. The Staffordshire Hoard artefacts are held in a single room, and are a very small selection of what was found, hence the disappointment. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly and the Tea room good value for money.

Visited May 2013
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