Discover the story of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Visitors can learn more about this incredible treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today.
World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.
The collection is one of the city’s greatest cultural assets and a priceless resource for learning, engagement and creativity.
Most areas of the collection are Designated as being of national importance.
Birmingham Museums Trust holds the most important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art anywhere in the world, numbering over 3000 paintings, drawings, prints and examples of decorative art and design. The Pre-Raphaelite galleries bring together highlights from this extraordinary collection to tell the story of the Brotherhood, and their revolutionary contribution to British art.
The Ancient Egypt Gallery features artefacts from over 3000 years of Egyptian life, culture and religious belief- from the Predynastic period 4500-3000 BC through to the major pharaonic periods of Egyptian civilisation and into the Christian and Coptic era (around 200 AD). It includes pottery and items from daily life as well as Egyptian gods, amulets and mummies which illustrate attitudes to death and the afterlife.
Explore the fascinating history of the city by travelling back in time to Birmingham’s medieval beginnings. Visit the chaotic and exciting world of the 18th century town, and immerse yourself in the grandeur and squalor of Victorian Birmingham. Follow the city’s suburban expansion and the roles played by Birmingham people in the two world wars.
Contemporary & Modern Art
Explore our modern and contemporary art collections, particularly British art, abstract painting and printmaking.
Greek and Roman Gallery
See art and objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history and culture, including Ancient Greeks & Romans.
The Sultanganj Buddha
The 7th century Buddha was discovered in Bihar in 1861. The 2 metre tall Buddha is unique and was one of the first objects given to the Museum.
The Birmingham School of Art gallery offers an opportunity to discover the vibrant, progressive work produced in the city at the turn of the 19th century by artists including the tempera painter Joseph Southall, painter and metalworker Arthur Gaskin, and women artists and makers including Georgie Gaskin and Kate Bunce.
Discover Birmingham’s magnificent collection of Baroque art. Dramatic artistic styles appeared in 17th Century Europe against a backdrop of religious, political and cultural change. Exciting subjects like still-life, landscape and portraiture all developed during this period and an emerging middle-class created an entirely different market for painting.
Discover the many faiths that make up Birmingham’s rich and diverse community and explore how different faiths have influenced and shaped the city. Uncover sacred objects used in religious practice and explore the role of faith in places of worship at home, and within our journey through life.
Birmingham's art gallery is one of those hidden treasures waiting for you to discover.Reviewer, Trip Advisor