While the doors to Birmingham Museums venues are closed, there are ways to keep in touch and engaged online, as we bring the museums to you.
Inspire 21 Art Competition
Our Inspire 21 art competition for children and young people in the West Midlands is back! The theme this year will be Nature and the Environment. The age groups for entries are: 0-4 years, 5-9 years, 10-14 years, 15-19 years, 20-25 years.
Find out more, including T&Cs, on the Inspire 21 art competition page. Deadline for entries is Friday 16th July 2021.
Birmingham Museums on Demand
Each month a new package of two talks and two lectures will be released, and content will be available for the duration of the month. Each monthly pass costs £20 a month and all proceeds go towards supporting Birmingham Museums, helping to conserve its historic sites and world class collections.
Visit the Birmingham Museums On Demand page to find out more.
Online Events, Lectures and Talks
During the closure period we are hosting a variety of online events including our regular online lectures which see in-house experts introducing some of our amazing collections streamed direct to you in your home via Zoom.
Digital Image Resource
Thousands of images from the city’s collection are freely available to view, download, and use creatively. The online resource launched last year, and new out-of-copyright images continue to be added. The database spans a range of areas from Pre-Raphaelite drawings and prints to historical views of Birmingham and the Midlands.
Take a virtual tour of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
The 3D tour gives you the opportunity to visit the permanent galleries of the museum from the comfort of your own home. Be greeted by Sir Jacob Epstein’s Lucifer statue in the Round Room, take a closer look at the Staffordshire Hoard, explore the modern and contemporary art galleries, or marvel at the Victorian architecture of the Industrial Gallery.
Take a look inside Aston Hall , Blakesley Hall and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. We have taken 360 degree photography so that you can explore all of the rooms in these amazing historic properties.
Watch our videos on YouTube
Visit the Birmingham Museums YouTube channel where we have a series of object spotlight videos so you can learn more about some of the fascinating artworks on display. There is also an archive of past videos about displays and exhibitions.
Visit: www.youtube.com/user/BirminghamMAG or see social media for the latest videos.
Visit the Staffordshire Hoard website
Step back in time and learn about the discovery of the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found via the Staffordshire Hoard website The Staffordshire Hoard collection is owned by Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council on behalf of the nation, and is cared for by Birmingham Museums Trust and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. The website follows the story of the Hoard and how it was discovered and conserved for display. See high resolution images of key pieces from the collection and the replica Staffordshire Hoard helmet.
Explore our online exhibitions
Explore our exhibitions online via Flickr.
- Webster & Horsfall exhibition
The local firm's history is told through archive material, watercolours by Arthur Lockwood & the Science and Industry collection.
- East meets West exhibition
Explore 10 winning images which show people, places and objects in and around the West Midlands, and explores the theme of East meets West from simple, every-day subjects, to highly complex cultural identities.
- Dressed to the Nines exhibition
Explore going out and dressing up from around 1850 to the present day.
- Birmingham Revolutions exhibition
Explore Birmingham’s vibrant and varied history of protest and activism, and the role the city has played in some of the most important campaigns and movements in British history.
- Inspire20 online exhibition
See entries to annual our Inspire art competition.
- Life on Lockdown online exhibition
See the images our city is sharing during this unique moment in history.
Read our blogs
Keep up-to-date by visiting our blog section.
Below is a snapshot of some of the resources available for families. You can view all our learning resources via our Schools Learning Resources page.
BMAG for Kids website
Families and teachers can use our 'BMAG for Kids' online resource. The interactive website is a great place for children to make some exciting discoveries. Join in the fun and find out about: Victorians, World War 2, Egyptians, Romans and Art. The interactive website also contains downloadable printable resources.
Visit our BMAG for Kids website.
School at Home: Kitchen Science Experiments
Watch our short Kitchen Science experiment videos for fun ideas to try at home.
Download our free resources for families and schools including our Thinktank Colouring Sheets.
More to come...
Watch this space, as the team will be finding new ways to keep in touch with audiences over the coming weeks.
You will find social media links for all venues on their pages, please do follow to keep in touch with is while our buildings are closed.
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