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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Queens Road, West End, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Tel: +44 (0)117 922 3571

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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

About

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery tells the story of our world in every display, from the beginning of time to the present day.

19 galleries over 3 floors reveal fascinating cultures, ancient civilisations, human invention and creativity, as well as showcasing our beautiful and fragile natural world. With thousands of amazing objects on display, one visit just isn't enough!

World-class collections of art, archaeology, geology and natural history are displayed inside this beautiful Edwardian building at the top of Park Street and the bottom of Whiteladies Road.

The Museum also has dynamic exhibitions and events programme throughout the year and a shop and cafe.

On the Ground Floor

Explore the natural wonders of our region, step back in time to ancient Egypt and Assyria and encounter intriguing objects from the Archaeology and World Cultures collections in the Curiosity gallery. Under 7s can try out new activities in the museum's popular play and learn space.

On the First Floor

Take a journey through the last billion years of the history of the planet in the Geology galleries.  Amazing fossils allow you to see traces of creatures that have evolved and become extinct on its ever-changing surface.  Discover sparkling world of minerals, gemstones and crystals including the Bristol Diamond. 

In the dinosaur galleries, meet the Bristol dinosaur and some of his friends, including the best-preserved dinosaurs ever found in Britain - the Scelidosaurus.  The museums wildlife galleries allow you to take a trip through the animal kingdom and see rare, endangered and extinct wildlife from the UK and around the globe. 

From the first floor balcony, you can see how Bristol has developed over the centuries through maps and prints.  You can also view the Bristol BoxKite from here.

On the Second Floor

Explore the museum's art galleries. Discover Bellini, Cranach, Renior, Pissarro, Sisley, Bomberg, Hepworth and Beryl Cook - amongst other great artists in the seven art galleries. 

Exquisite craftsmanship and design showcased in the ceramic and glass galleries.  British and European collections are displayed alongside locally made wares.

In the Bristol School of Artists gallery, the glittering silver collection is displayed against a backdrop of paintings of Bristol as it was over 200 years ago. 

In the Eastern Art Gallery, see a stunning array of ceramics, carvings and glass from ancient China and Japan.  Immerse yourself in the beauty of one of the best collections of Chinese glass outside Asia. 

For Families

There are lots of brilliant hands-on areas for you to discover together.  Explore the family-friendly activity areas, including the new under 7s play area - Curiosity. Journey around the museum with one of their colourful trails or get arty at one of their hands-on activity days.

 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays during Bristol school holidays: 10am-5pm.

Awards

  • Visit EnglandCode of Practice Code of Practice 2012

Further Information

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Yes - disabled and baby changing facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities - Facilities for corporate hire after 5pm
  • Event Venue
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Toilets - yes - disabled and baby changing facilities

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 2 hours
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 25
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - Pay and display and multi-storey carparks nearby

Payment Methods

  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates - groups can be accommodated but must be booked in advance

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Yes, must be booked in advance and a charge will be made for curator time

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    536
  • Very Good
    416
  • Average
    127
  • Poor
    15
  • Terrible
    11

Recent Reviews:

  • Jacquelene B
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Pity it was half-term
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th November 2019
    Unknowingly I had booked my trip for half term and the noise was deafening.The museum was not quite as expected but the fossils (which was what I had come to see) were well presented. I particularly... Read full review
  • _huntj1992
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Good place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 25th November 2019
    Good place to visit for a couple of hours. I reply like the current exhibit showing which animals are endangered or extinct.... It really makes u think Read full review
  • Hildrhedge
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    Lots to See and Do
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 10th December 2019
    We visited for the Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian paintings, which were stunning, but we also enjoyed the Egyptian section, the dinosaurs and the excellent cafe. It was good to see a museum full of... Read full review

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