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“Good selection of exhibits”

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Ranked #15 of 296 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: From Renaissance masterpieces and cutting edge contemporary art to Egyptian mummies and the iconic HP factory sign, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery showcases a world class collection and offers fascinating glimpses into Birmingham's rich and vibrant past. Highlights include the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world and the largest find of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered - the Staffordshire Hoard. Don't miss the Birmingham History Galleries - packed with artefacts, local treasures and interactive displays that reveal captivating stories of Birmingham from the last 500 years.
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We made a short visit to the museum and gallery to see a temporary exhibition that we'd read a about. The exhibition we saw was great but we also got chance to see some more of the rest of the museum.

There is much more that we didn't see but it has a great selection of items and it is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will always be a major destination for my wife and I. Not just because of the permanent exhibitions, which are exceptionally fine, but because of the superb temporary exhibitions which encourage us back. Here you’ll find the Staffordshire Hoard [outstandingly intricate precious metal pieces from the Anglo-Saxon period], the fairly new Birmingham History Galleries [a fascinating insight into the development, wealth and manufacturing might of England’s second city], the art collection [including one of the best provincial selections of Pre-Raphaelite art] and, of course, the Tea Room as well as one of the best museum shops anywhere. Last time we visited the Photorealism exhibition which only runs until 30th March and this was exceptionally good. The hyper-realism of these canvases with their photographic quality are so detailed that one feels that one could step into the images. A brilliant slice of American life in recent decades although there are paintings from other places too. With the detail in these paintings and also in the Pre-Raphaelites it would have been good to have had some explanations of comparisons in how the fineness was attained in the pictures and how painting techniques compare. Just a thought… If you have difficulty with stairs, there is an alternative entrance underneath the arch which is clearly signposted. If you can manage the stairs, via the Main Entrance, to the Round Room you’ll be able to enjoy the opulence of this marvellous building. There is so much to do so, if a first timer, ask for information at the welcome desk. Here we have booked a couple of informal but very useful guided tours by docents in the past and they do give deeper insights into the exhibits if you are interested. What also persuades us to return is the first-rate food available in the magnificent Edward Tea Room so when your stomach or legs tell you to rest, head through the Industrial Gallery [always new things to look at] and the Buddha Gallery to the tea room. The name is a slight misnomer as it is a grand room with a wonderful café serving a wide range of lunches, cream teas and snacks that include excellent sandwiches.

Thank EximiousTraveller
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

We visited this Museum when the horrendous weather forced us into somewhere to keep dry. We were slightly dissapointed with the art gallery, us being OAP's we could not see amny of the pictures because either they were too high to see, or because of the lighting. But the Musemuem itself was brilliant. We spent nearly all our time in there, as there are so many hands on items, and we were very interested in the history side,. the Slavery and wars we found especially moving. Only problem is, as we entered through the main entrace there were many stairs which my husband found difficult, but if you go to the side of the Museum there is a lift witch takes you to all floors.

Thank eastbourne7
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

We enjoyed a trip round here on the Sunday morning of our weekend. Loved the Birmingham section, however it was slightly confusing when we reached the end of the section, and either had to walk all the way back through to get to the Edwardian cafe or exit the museum, walk back round the building and back in through the front door (didn't help that it was raining and I'd left my coat in a locker!) - maybe we'd missed a vital sign?!
The cafe was lovely - and there was a particularly friendly waitress who cleared our table.

Thank sam j
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

We primarily went for the photorealism exhibition but spent a wonderful morning strolling round the museum. The photorealism exhibition is a must see and well worth the the entrance fee. The onsite restaurant was fantastic, providing a large range of hot & cold food.

Thank Sherlock_Holmes_RDG
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