Find out about the story of the Museum & Art Gallery in a special anniversary exhibition.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating its 130th birthday. Opened on 28 November 1885 by the future King Edward VII, it was established with the aim of inspiring creativity and learning amongst the people of Birmingham.

This new exhibition traces the history of the Museum & Art Gallery, built by the people of Birmingham for the people of Birmingham. From Japanese armour and a Canadian totem pole, to beautiful metalwork and fascinating modern art, explore some of the treasures from the city's vast and diverse collection.

Free exhibition. Bridge gallery.

The Museum & Art Gallery has been free from the day that it opened. Please show your support by giving a donation. Your generosity will help inspire new visitors, and display and conserve the objects in our care. All donations go to Birmingham Museums Trust, a registered educational charity.

Please text ‘BDAY01 £3’ to 70070 or donate online.

  • The Round Room 1885-1890 by an unknown photographer  
  • The Museum & Art Gallery as seen from Congreve Street by an unknown photographer  
  • Crab photograph by Iain Stewart, 1991 ©Iain Stewart   
  • Sketching in the galleries Iain Stewart, Untitled, 1991 ©Iain Stewart   
  • The T-Rex, September 1994 by Birmingham Museums Trust   
  • Birmingham History Galleries, 2012 by Birmingham Museums Trust