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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Established 1885
Location Chamberlain Square, Birmingham
Industrial Gallery, the original part of the Art Gallery
Sculpture Allegories of Art and Industry c 1919, over the north-west door of the Feeney Gallery extension, Great Charles Street
The link bridge between the original Art Gallery and the Art Gallery Extension.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BM&AG) (grid reference SP066869) is an art gallery in Birmingham, England. Opened in 1885, it has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.



The Art Gallery is most noted for the extensive collection of paintings ranging from the 14th to the 21st century. It includes work by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the largest collection of works by Edward Burne-Jones in the world. The collection includes works by Canaletto, Lowry, Gainsborough.[1]

Dutch School

English School

Flemish School

French School

German School

Italian School

Spanish School


The collection of antiquities includes coins from ancient times through to the Middle Ages, artefacts from Ancient India and Central Asia, Ancient Cyprus and Ancient Egypt. There is material from Classical Greece, The Roman Empire and Latin America. There is also mediaeval material.


The Museum and Art Gallery occupies an extended part of the Council House built less than a decade after the original Council House (subsidised by the corporation's Gas Department to circumvent the Public Libraries and Museums Act which limited the use of public funds on the arts) and, via an elaborate archway (internally a corridor), much of the 1911-1919 Council House Extension block. The main entrance is located in Chamberlain Square below the clock tower known locally as, “Big Brum”. The Extension Block has entrances via the Gas Hall (Edmund Street) and Great Charles Street. Waterhall (the old gas department) has its own entrance on Edmund Street.

Entrance to the Museum and Art Gallery is free, but some major exhibitions in the Gas Hall incur an entrance fee.

BM&AG is managed by Birmingham City Council.

The Round Room

Community museums

BM&AG also has many branch museums (some closed in the Winter) in historic buildings:

The Museum of Science and Industry, on Newhall Street from 1951 - 1997, has now closed. Many exhibits were moved to an independent "museum and science attraction" with an admission fee in the Thinktank.

The Museums Collections Centre in Nechells has brought together 80 per cent of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s stored collections under one roof. The 1.5 hectare site, close to Duddeston Station, holds hundreds of thousands of objects. At the moment the Museums Collection Centre is only open to the public on open days or by appointment.


  • All About Victoria Square, Joe Holyoak, The Victorian Society Birmingham Group, ISBN 0-901657-14-X
  • By the Gains of Industry - Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 1885-1985, Stuart Davies, ISBN 0-7093-0131-6
  • Public Sculpture of Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield, George T. Noszlopy, edited Jeremy Beach, 1998, ISBN 0-85323-692-5
  • Images of England — details from listed building database (217695)

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Coordinates: 52°28′49.08″N 1°54′13.63″W / 52.4803°N 1.9037861°W / 52.4803; -1.9037861



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