Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

By on 04/01/2010 in Factsheets

Opened in 1885, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery contains over forty galleries and two major exhibition spaces. The whole building is listed Grade II*.

The first building of 1885, designed by Yeoville Thomason (1826-1901), was purpose built and formed part of the Council House. The original designs are held in the Yeoville Archive in Birmingham Central Library.

The second larger building, formed part of the Council House Extension of 1911 1919. The extension increased the number of galleries from four to over forty!

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is part of a remarkable extended family, with six more museums, showcasing everything from the city's thriving jewellery heritage to its stately Jacobean past.

Aston Hall is one of England's finest Jacobean mansion houses. Aston Hall still bears the scars of the English Civil War and is surrounded by 50-acres of beautiful parks and gardens.

Blakesley Hall is a beautiful 16th-century timber-framed house at Blakesley - one of just a few of its kind remaining in Birmingham. The house is set in picturesque gardens full of wildlife.

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is the perfectly-preserved Smith & Pepper jewellery factory.
Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving watermills in Birmingham.

Soho House was the home of Matthew Boulton, one of the fathers of the industrial revolution. Here he met with the greatest minds of the 18th-century and founded his manufacturing empire.

Weoley Castle is the 700-year-old ruins of a medieval moated house.

Visit the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery website for details of exhibitions, events and activities.

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