Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Queens Road, West End, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Tel: +44 (0)117 922 3571

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is temporarily closed. Please see their programme of online events.

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.

Virtual Tour

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. 

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.

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

Awards

  • Visit EnglandCode of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021

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
  • Travelers Choice 2020
  • Excellent
    547
  • Very Good
    429
  • Average
    127
  • Poor
    15
  • Terrible
    11

Recent Reviews:

  • Jotty2
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Worth a visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 30th October 2020
    Spent a couple of hours in here on a rainy day. Quite a small museum compared to some but lots to see. A magic exhibition was not what I expected, although very interesting but i think should be... Read full review
  • R1304GFgaryd
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Brilliant
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 3rd November 2020
    I booked this on line for me and my son and messed up the booking. I contacted the museum and they helped sort it out and I had no problems getting in. The staff and exhibits are amazing we walked... Read full review
  • Swedishtomcat
    Diss, United Kingdom
    Hasn’t changed a bit
    3 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 4th November 2020
    The nice thing about it is that it hasn’t changed a bit since I started visiting here with my Nanna in the 1980s. The bad thing is that its the same old, same old. The ornate toilets are worth using... Read full review

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