20 Nov 2018

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Redevelopment Postponed

Birmingham City Council are proposing to reschedule their modernisation works on the Council House complex until after the Commonwealth Games in 2022. This will mean that Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will no longer be closing in late 2019.

This does not change our ambitions to redevelop the museum. We will continue to plan the new displays and public facilities so that work can begin onsite sometime after 2022. Read More...

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9 Nov 2018

Award success for Birmingham Museums’ Collecting Birmingham project

A three-year project that empowered the people of Birmingham to take an active role in developing the collection at Birmingham Museums Trust has been recognised with an award from the Museums Association.

Collecting Birmingham was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and engaged with residents from inner city Birmingham, giving them a central role in deciding which new objects Birmingham Museums should collect to better reflect the city’s diversity and heritage. Read More...

5 Nov 2018

MPs Jess Phillips, Preet Kaur Gill and Caroline Spelman choose artworks at new BMAG exhibition – Women Power Protest

Ahead of the opening of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s new major all-female contemporary art exhibition – Women Power Protest – MPs Jess Phillips (MP for Birmingham Yardley), Preet Kaur Gill (MP for Birmingham Edgbaston) and Dame Caroline Spelman (MP for Meriden) visited the museum to choose their favourite artworks. 

The three MPs were given a sneak peek at the exhibition which was programmed as part of the Arts Council Collection’s (ACC) National Partnership Programme and brings together artworks from the ACC and Birmingham’s own collection. Opening to the public on Saturday 10th November, the show takes a contemporary look at women’s rights in the anniversary year of the first women getting the right to vote.  Read More...

26 Oct 2018

World’s oldest working steam engine back in action at Thinktank after restoration project

The Smethwick Engine, the world’s oldest steam engine in working order, built and designed in Birmingham by James Watt, will be powered by steam for the first time in over three years at Thinktank following an extensive restoration project.

Smethwick Engine Weekend will run at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November where the historic engine will be steaming three times each day at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm. Read More...

11 Oct 2018

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to host celebratory women’s weekend

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) is celebrating an important year for women’s rights with a weekend of thought-provoking events and performances from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November – including a ceremony unveiling a blue plaque to honour Birmingham suffragette Bertha Ryland and a women in parliament discussion with local female MPs.

The weekend of events is part of the programme for Women Power Protest, an Arts Council Collection National Partnership exhibition. The bold contemporary feminist art exhibition, open from 10th November 2018 – 31st March 2019, features over 55 female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work. Read More...

5 Oct 2018

First jeweller in residence winner announced

One budding Midlands jewellery designer has been given a unique opportunity with the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter to be its first Jeweller in Residence, a project which aims to support emerging jewellery designers. 

Winner Fiona Harris, who previously studied at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, is the first designer to be crowned with the title. As part of the prize Fiona, now based in Nottingham, has the unique opportunity to work from the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’s perfectly preserved jewellery workshop for the next year and have her bespoke handcrafted jewellery sold in the museum’s acclaimed shop. Read More...

28 Sep 2018

Women Power Protest – new exhibition opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in November

Feminist artists who have explored protest, social commentary, and identity in their work, will be showcased in a major new contemporary art exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery this November (10th November 2018 – 31st March 2019). In the anniversary year for women’s suffrage, this exhibition asks just how much has changed for women?

Women Power Protest includes bold contemporary artworks from over 55 artists drawn largely from the Arts Council Collection, along with pieces from Birmingham’s collection. The Arts Council Collection National Partnership exhibition looks at the experiences of becoming and progressing as a woman amongst varying degrees of opportunity and oppression in relation to race, class, geography and sexuality. Read More...

20 Sep 2018

Dinosaur-sized impact - A quarter of a million Dippy visitors spent £4.2m in Birmingham

Dippy has left Birmingham, but the huge impact of the exhibition has now been revealed. Over a quarter of a million people visited Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), spending £4.2million in the city during its 107 day run.

The record-breaking exhibition is BMAG’s most successful ever temporary exhibition with 255,548 visitors from 26 May - 9 September 2018. Research shows that the direct economic impact of these visitors on the city is almost £1.7million , bringing additional spend to local businesses, shops, restaurants and hotels.    Read More...

12 Sep 2018

Adult and Toddler Ticket Offer

Head to Thinktank during Birmingham term-time and take advantage of big savings with our new adult and toddler (3-5 years old) ticket offer.

The adult and toddler ticket enables you to marvel at everything Thinktank has to offer at the great value price of just £15. You can learn while having fun in our hands-on Kids City, then explore science in the interactive Science Garden. Experience the mighty machines that powered Birmingham’s industrial past, then gaze at the stars in our planetarium. Read More...

29 Aug 2018

Final days to see Dippy on Tour in Birmingham

As Dippy on Tour enters its final days at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), visitors are encouraged to see the record-breaking exhibition before it finishes on Sunday 9th September.

So far over 215,000 people have visited Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure in Birmingham, which makes its BMAG’s most successful temporary exhibition to date. Read More...