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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square


Birmingham
West Midlands
B3 3DH
Contact
Telephone: 0121 303 2834
Fax: 0121 303 1394
Email: bmag_enquires@birmingham.gov.uk

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Overview of collections

Birmingham is the largest non-national museum service in England and Wales, and the scale and significance of its collections reflect this fact. They cover most aspects of human and natural history, and most of the collections have been Designated.
The collections recorded here include those from the former Museum of Science and Industry. This museum is now closed. Some of the principal exhibits are now shown at the Thinktank museum and science centre which opened in 2002, but all the collections are still owned by Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.

Overview of how collections are displayed

The collections are displayed in extensive purpose-built surroundings, usually by subject. Over the last twenty years there has been a near-continuous programme of display renewal and replacement, though some still await attention.
Some Science and Industry collections are shown at Thinktank.

Star Objects at this location

The Pre-Raphaelite collection, including ‘The Last of England’ by Ford Madox Brown. Canaletto's views of Warwick Castle. ‘The Madonna and Child enthroned with Saints’, painted in the new oil technique by Bellini in Venice in 1505.
An elaborately bandaged Egyptian mummy from the third century. The 2.3-metre Sultanganj Buddha, which has been on display in Birmingham Museum since 1867.
The Wonderwall - a selection of the museum’s most popular objects including a 1940s bomb and a 1970s Space Hopper.
The Pinto Collection of over 7000 wooden objects.
Ceramics by Wedgwood, the Worcester porcelain factory, William De Morgan, the Martin Brothers and the Ruskin Pottery.
Collection Descriptions
Agriculture Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
Material that reflects the City's rural past. Designated
Ancient Egyptian and Sudanese Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The museum holds approximately 8,000 ancient Egyptian objects which are part of the Archaeology collection. Classes ...
Archaeology Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The archaeology collections are of world-wide scope, with particularly good representation in the following areas: an...
Archives Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
Archives are mostly associated with specific collections. They include the Hardman, Osler, Payne, Morris, and de Mor...
Arms & Armour Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
There are arms and armour collections, including Japanes tsuba, curated as part of the Applied Art and Ethnography co...
Biology Collection (Currently unavailable to the public) (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
These collections are currently not available to the public or researchers. We apologise for any inconvenience. Birm...
Costume & Textile Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
There is a substantial costume collection from Britain, Europe, South Asia and the Middle East, and of mainly 19th. c...
Decorative & Applied Art Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
Birmingham\'s Decorative Art collections include objects made in a very wide range of materials. Ceramics, glass, sta...
Ethnography Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The Ethnography collections include material from Oceania, Africa, North and South America and Asia. The collections ...
Fine Art Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The Fine Art collections include outstanding examples throughout the spectrum of European painting from the 14th.C. t...
Geology Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
Minerals and gemstones are contained in an extensive and nationally important collection of rough and cut stones from...
Maritime Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
Designated
Medicine Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
Medecine Designated
Music Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
There is a substantial collection of musical instruments, mainly consisting of material collected from a wide range o...
Numismatics Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The outstanding numismatics collections provide excellent coverage of Ancient Greek and Roman, c.600 B.C - A.D. 400; ...
Oral History Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The oral history collection documents the lives and experiences of Birmingham people. Subjects covered include key in...
Personalia Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
There are significant personalia collections related to well-known figures in the history of the City. Designated
Photographic Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The photographic collection contains historic photographs relating to aspects of Birmingham's social history in the l...
Science & Industry Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The Science & Industry collections are Designated and represent over 250 years of the scientific, technological and i...
Social History Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The collections cover most aspects of the history of the people and the City from about 1500 to the present day. They...
Transport Collection (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)
The transport collection from the former Museum of Science and Industry includes two WW II fighter aircraft, a motor ...

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