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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

Photo aston

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

Photo sarehole

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

Photo weoley

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

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160


This display brings together an exciting selection of objects from Birmingham’s collection looking at how artists and scientists have explored the skies. 

Objects featured include a globe of the Moon made in the late 1700s by renowned artist and astronomer John Russell and historic mechanical orreries used for demonstrating the positions of planets and moons in the solar system. These will be shown alongside photographs, prints and paintings including Andreas Gefeller’s modified satellite photographs of cities on Earth, striking and colourful prints from June Wayne’s Solar Flares series and Estella Canziani’s watercolours of a solar eclipse.

From John Russell’s drawing of the Moon in the late 1700s to a printed paper deed for one acre of Moon estate, each object in this display tells a story about people’s desire to know more about their place in the universe.

This exhibition compliments Totality (2015) by Katie Paterson which is being exhibited at Thinktank during the same period.

Image credits:

  • The Face of the Moon by John Russell, about 1795, pastel on paper, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • The Lunar Globe by John Russell, 1792-97, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • SV 04 by Andreas Gefeller, 2012, inkjet photographic print, image courtesy Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne
  • SV 05 by Andreas Gefeller, 2012, inkjet photographic print, image courtesy Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne