*** Bristol Museum & Art Gallery re-opens from Tuesday 15 September. Entry remains free but all visits must now be booked in advance. Pre-booking opens on 1 September. Find out more about their reopening plans here ***
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.
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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.
Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit
- Visit England Code of Practice 2012
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2020
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- Facilities for the Disabled
- 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
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
- Parking (charge) - Pay and display and multi-storey carparks nearby
- Min group size - 10
- 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:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good424
- ThatmaidTrip Type:CouplesMagic Exhibition. Sculpture exhibition.Friday, 6th March 2020Fantastic exhibition. Full of interesting artifacts and interactive items. One of the best exhibitions I've seen. Entertaining and educational. There is also an exhibition of sculpture in two... Read full review
- O733UBmattsPatchway, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyCovid 19 warySunday, 15th March 2020Last visit was approx 15years ago or so, a lot really hasn’t changed as far as I remember but nonetheless still thoroughly enjoyed it with our nearly 5year old, my only concern was there are a number... Read full review
- T_Hotel_InspectorsLondon, United Kingdomfree and tastyTuesday, 14th April 2020..A museum that is free, interesting, an has a spacious cafe and occaisional live exhibits ticks too many boxes to ignore Read full review