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.
Enter the magnificent Bristol Museum building in their online tour. Housed here are all kinds of treasures, some of which can be spied on your virtual way round, including Banksy’s Paint Pot Angel, a Bristol Boxkite and the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries.
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.
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.
No parking outside the venue. Nearest parking is located on Berkeley Square. There is not level access into the venue, entrance doors are double width. There is a lift for public use, and handrails throughout the museum. Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
Accessible toilet facilities are available. A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog. A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty. Documents are not available in Braille or large print.
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- Visit England Code of Practice 2012
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- Facilities for Disabled Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Yes - disabled and baby changing facilities
- On-Site café/restaurant
Children & Infants
- Facilities for children
- Cater for groups
- Conference facilities - Facilities for corporate hire after 5pm
- Event Venue
- On-site Restaurant/Cafe
- Toilets - yes - disabled and baby changing facilities
- Free Entry
- 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
- Special group rates - groups can be accommodated but must be booked in advance
- 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 Traveller Rating:
- Very Good451
- Seb MLondon, United KingdomIlluminatingSunday, 10th September 2023Thank you Bristol Museum for showing your Victorian and Edwardian objects so well. We particularly liked the natural history wildlife exhibition. It is still so relevant, so many museum have thrown... Read full review
- jo hLiverpool, United KingdomBristol Museum .Tuesday, 10th October 2023Do love visiting when i am in the area, lovely museum and Bristol is a diverse and interesting part of the UK to visit.. Read full review
- Garry BRedhill, United KingdomNice Museum, Shame about the CafeSaturday, 18th November 2023Saw GREAT special exhibition on wildlife photography - runs until April 2024,don't miss it! There are other good exhibitions here too. But the cafe ..... I waited for half an hour for a toastie... Read full review