Find out what’s on offer at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, including the Autumn/Winter seasonal events.
Whether you’re visiting Birmingham for the day, for a weekend break or a longer stay, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a must-see.
Entry is free, and there’s so much to see and do to keep everyone entertained, whatever your age.
There’s a fascinating range of permanent exhibitions, beautiful artwork, and special child-friendly displays. You’ll also find fantastic seasonal exhibitions and it’s all housed in the most beautiful of surroundings, right in the heart of this ever-changing, exciting city.
Read on to find out more about the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and the line up for Autumn/Winter 2019.
You’ll find the main entrance to the museum on Chamberlain Square. It’s just around the corner from the Birmingham Council House and the famous ‘Floosie in the Jacuzzi’ statue.
Inside you’ll find highlights from the most important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art anywhere in the world. The Pre-Raphaelites were a group of seven young British artists in the mid 1800s, who rebelled against conservatism in Victorian painting.
The Birmingham Museums Trust holds a collection of over 3000 paintings, drawings and other examples of Pre-Raphaelite art and design.
There’s also an Ancient Egypt Gallery, which houses a collection of artefacts from Ancient Egypt. It includes items from daily life as well as amulets and mummies which illustrate the Ancient Egyptians’ attitudes to death and the afterlife.
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is also the perfect place to explore the fascinating history of the city. You can see how the city has developed from its medieval beginnings, through the grandeur of Victorian Birmingham, right up to the expansion of the city in the 20th century. You can also discover the important role played by the people of Birmingham during the two World Wars.
Autumn/Winter 2019 at BMAG
There’s plenty going on at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery this autumn/winter.
A programme of fascinating exhibitions and events is lined up for the coming months, and two new audio guide tours will bring a new perspective to popular displays.
Black History Month
BMAG will be hosting a day of storytelling, poetry and music on 12th October.
As part of the nationwide celebration of Black History Month, BMAG will be highlighting the experiences of African people as they journeyed to the Caribbean and UK. This free event is being held in partnership with Black and Gold, Wellbeing 24/7 and The Red Earth Collective.
Dressed to the Nines
Clothes play an important part in special occasions. They can also become a treasured reminder of the event they were worn for.
‘Dressed to the Nines’ is an exhibition which explores dressing up and going out from 1850 right up to the present day. You can expect to see beautiful shoes, garments, accessories and works of art from the collection. Many of these items have never been on display before.
This exhibition will showcase some of the highlights of Birmingham’s costume collection, and opens on 7th December 2019.
Birmingham Revolutions – Power to the People
Discover the voices and ideas that have helped the fight for a better Birmingham, from the Priestley Riots of 1791 to the LGBTQ+ campaigns of today.
Birmingham has played a role in some of the most important campaigns and protest movements in British History.
‘Birmingham Revolutions’ will explore the city’s history of protect and activism, through campaigns for voting reform, trade unionism and anti-racism.
This exhibition aims to examine the different ways in which we can protest. It looks at what we can learn from the past, as well as highlighting the achievements of the city so far.
‘Birmingham Revolutions – Power to the People’ opens on Saturday 7th December 2019.
New Audio Guides
BMAG are launching audio guides which they hope will transform the way you explore the galleries.
Two different audio guides will be available from October 2019, costing £3 each.
The audio guide tour explores some of the highlights of the collection, from ancient Egyptian mummies to contemporary art. This 30 minute guide will be available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German and Chinese
Or why not take time out to relax, breathe and enjoy the artworks. The ‘Be Mindful’ audio guide offers a 30 minute self-care tour of the museum, led by a professional mindfulness coach.
Visit the Edwardian Tearooms
And when you’ve finished exploring the museum, why not take a break in the museum’s Edwardian Tearooms
This charming tearoom is the perfect place to go for a leisurely brunch or an indulgent afternoon tea. Or you can treat yourself to their fantastic two-course Sunday Lunch, which is available at just £20 for two people.
And this autumn, visitors can also explore BMAG at night. The Edwardian Tearooms Late: Museums at Night Festival with Hidden Spaces takes place on Saturday 2 November.
You can enjoy dinner and live music in the Edwardian Tearooms, and explore the museum by torchlight while listening to ghost stories.
These events sell out quickly, so visit the BMAG website to book your place at this exclusive after-hours event.
Christmas at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
And Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will be getting in the Christmas spirit, with a fabulous selection of festive events.
Santa will be visiting the museum during weekends between 7th and 22nd December. He’ll be bringing festive cheer to his glittering grotto, so be sure to book your visit well in advance.
Community choirs from around the city perform at the museum each Christmas. And this year you are invited to ring in the season and sing along with Quinborne Choir. There’s a singalong in the Round Room between 1pm and 2pm on 20th December.
Visit the BMAG website to find out more about the full Autumn/Winter season of events and activities.
The Edwardian Tearooms, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH
0121 348 8000