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World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

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Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

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Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

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Discover a fine Tudor house and beautiful gardens just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Blakesley Road

Birmingham, B25 8RN

0121 348 8120

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A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

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A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.

Cole Bank Road

Birmingham, B13 0BD

0121 348 8160

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Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

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The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160

30 Jun 2016

Birmingham Museums commemorate the Battle of the Somme centenary with rare new artefact

Birmingham Museums is commemorating 100 years since the Battle of the Somme by hosting a series of film screenings of an iconic First World War propaganda film at Blakesley Hall – where a tunic worn by a Birmingham soldier on the first day of the Somme will be added to the site’s longstanding First World War exhibition.

The uniform belongs to Arthur Brooke Turner, who was a solicitor from Birmingham and served in the Territorial Army as a pre First World War soldier with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. As he worked his way up through the ranks, Arthur was wounded on 1 July 1916, during the major offensive on the first day of the Somme. Read More...

9 Jun 2016

Anything but civil: war comes to Aston Hall 2016

Honourable battles between flamboyant Royalists and austere Roundheads may be how the English Civil War is portrayed in films and on TV, but the reality of this bloody conflict was anything but civil, as visitors to Aston Hall’s Pikes & Muskets event on Saturday (11 June) will find out.

The day of 17th century combat runs from 11.00am until 4.00pm within the grounds of Aston Hall, where visitors can hear the crack of rifle fire and hear the boom of cannons as part of this historic re-enactment event. A crack unit of Royalist troops will muster to show off some of the drills and formations used during the conflict, which not only saw Parliamentarians take up arms against those loyal to the King, but brothers and families split as they were forced to fight. Read More...

7 Jun 2016

Our food, our health and our planet: The Crunch Comes to Thinktank

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, is fast becoming the Midlands hub of a national initiative aimed at helping people explore the links between food, how it is produced, and the impact that it has on ourselves and the planet. 

The Crunch will see Thinktank’s team of expert educators head out into the community, to festivals and events around Birmingham. The Crunch team will be sharing workshops, discussions and activities, which will help families better understand the origins of their food and drink. Visitors can continue their involvement at home, with a new game from the team behind Wallace and Gromit, Aardman, called Hungry City which you can find at www.bit.ly/hungrycity . Read More...

16 May 2016

Turning to see: Van Dyck's last self-portrait comes to Birmingham

Opens Saturday 28 May 2016

His work was the talk of society in the mid-17 th century, when he bucked the trend for stiff formal portraits to paint in a more relaxed and informal style. From Saturday 28 May, the last and greatest self-portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, alongside works by Picasso, Rembrandt and Freud – Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud . Read More...

16 May 2016

Tudor celebrations return to Blakesley Hall

From swordplay to Shakespeare, visitors for Blakesley Hall on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 May will be treated to a celebration of the historic house’s Tudor heritage, with re-enactments, living history, themed tours and interactive fun!

Throughout the two day event, visitors will enjoy seeing the Tudor property and its grounds repopulated by historic interpreters – from Tudor musicians recreating the sounds of the sixteenth century, to craftspeople and traders showing their wares in a living history encampment. There will also be an opportunity to get involved in Tudor life – learning to write with a quill, dance a Pavane or even take a role in recreating one of the battle scenes from Shakespeare’s classic play, Henry V! Read More...

13 May 2016

May Spring Bank Holiday events at Birmingham Museums

Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June 2016

Walk like an Egyptian to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery this Spring Bank for a pharaoh-style life-after-death experience that includes studying mummy X-rays, building a pyramid and handling objects left in tombs for the long journey to the ‘afterlife’. There will even be a chance to find out what a mummy smells like, help create a giant collage sarcophagus and watch a mummification magic show. Read More...

25 Apr 2016

Something old and something new - vintage wedding dresses up close at Birmingham's Museums Collections Centre

If every wedding dress has a story to tell, visitors to an exclusive afternoon at the Museum Collections Centre in Nechells are in line for a very special treat, when they can see, touch and hear the stories of a number of vintage wedding dresses in the Birmingham Museums Trust collection.

From the oldest wedding dress in the collection – first worn in 1730 – to vintage styles from the 1960s and ‘70s, participants will be able to examine the different techniques used to create the wearable artworks up close, perhaps drawing inspiration for their own designs. Read More...

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25 Apr 2016

Search is on for the next generation of artists in Birmingham

Budding artists of the future aged 11-19 are being invited to show off their skills in a new competition being organised by Birmingham Museum& Art Gallery, with the winners’ work set to take pride of place at the centre of this year’s Gas Hall summer show!

The new competition, Inspire 16, has been created by the Birmingham Museums team to give young artists a superb platform for developing their skills and showcasing their work in the city’s top art gallery. With their work being displayed in the same building as some of the world’s finest paintings, sculptures and artefacts, this is a unique springboard for young creatives. Read More...

6 Apr 2016

Perfumes, Pencils and Partnership Preparations – Exclusive Events at Birmingham Museums

A curiously aromatic tour, an afternoon of vintage wedding dresses and an evening of social sketching are three of the more unusual happenings in the heart of Birmingham this spring, in a series of exclusive events at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Museum Collections Centre.

One of London’s most highly-sought olfactory tour guides, Odette Toilette, will lead an intimate scented exploration of the museum’s world class collection of Pre-Raphaelite artworks on the evening of Friday 8 April. She will be accompanied by curator Victoria Osborne for a perfumed expedition that adds the fragrant aroma of historic perfumes to the colour of the paintings. With the museum closed to other visitors, participants’ minds can focus on a multi-sensory experience like no other! Read More...

22 Mar 2016

UK’s biggest Ichthyosaurus goes on display at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

Sixty one years after it was first discovered in a farmer’s field in Warwickshire, the opening of a major new gallery at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, this Easter, will see the skeleton of the UK’s largest example of Ichthyosaurus laid out in full for the first time ever.

The fossil remains of this prehistoric marine reptile are almost 200 million years old and it swam in the sea at the same time as dinosaurs walked on land. It was found in 1955 by a farmer at Fell Mill Farm in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire and was excavated by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) staff. Skip forward to 2016 and the skeleton is finally being displayed in full for the first time as the centrepiece of the new Marine Worlds gallery, at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum having been researched and conserved in a project that has revealed its unique importance as the UK’s largest Ichthyosaurus with amazing 3D preservation. Read More...