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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery


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.



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

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop


  • 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
  • Min group size - 10
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

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

Payment Methods

  • 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

Map & Directions

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

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


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • Thewoodies1974
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Lovely way to spend the morning
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 24th September 2018
    There were quite a few exhibits on the day we went ranging from European chinaware to dinosaurs. Each exhibition was quite small but very interesting and enjoyable. Loads of interactive stuff to do... Read full review
  • JulieJosh
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Bristol Museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 5th September 2018
    I often drop into Bristol Museum as it is well situated at the top of Park Street and near lots of shops, cafes and bus stops. There is always several interesting temporary exhibitions usually free... Read full review
  • JustabreakShropshire
    Fine Examples of Every Object or Work of Art
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 28th August 2018
    If like me, you can get overawed by the size of some of the larger London Museums, which all have very fine pieces, then you will really enjoy this Museum. It's not too big and seems to have a really... Read full review
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Tel: +44 (0)117 922 3571

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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