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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

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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.

Extras

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Accessibility

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

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

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

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 2 hours
  • Max group size - 25
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates - groups can be accommodated but must be booked in advance

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

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

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    404
  • Very Good
    339
  • Average
    100
  • Poor
    12
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • colinlacey1
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    A 'must' in Bristol
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd September 2017
    I have visited here on a number of occasions, particularly to see the excellent picture galleries, displaying a range of paintings by a wide range of well known artists. I never tire of looking at... Read full review
  • Rowlandfamily2015
    Lewes, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Pliosaurus!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 31st August 2017
    Visited today with my son, we loved the museum and we especially loved everything about the pliosaurus exhibition. It's well thought out, interactive and beautifully designed, highly recommended Read full review
  • Nick W
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Nice place
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 24th August 2017
    Nice selection of exhibits that covered a range of topics that kept my 6 year old boy engaged for the 2 hours we were in there. I couldn't say you could spend all day there as there just isn't... Read full review
Queens Road
West End
Bristol
BS8 1RL

Tel: +44 (0)117 922 3571

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Awards

  • Visit EnglandCode of Practice Code of Practice 2012

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday10:0017:00
Wednesday10:0017:00
Thursday10:0017:00
Friday10:0017:00
Saturday10:0017:00
Sunday10:0017:00

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

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