Museums and Galleries Tour (Self Guided), Birmingham

Britain's most attractive and beautiful museums and galleries are to be seen in this city. Whether you like to learn about the city's history, its science or maybe visit exhibitions with the possibility of buying something you enjoy, it is all possible in Birmingham's rich heritage and top-class attractions. Birmingham will offer you an incredible walking tour of museums and galleries of international importance.
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Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: England » Birmingham (See other walking tours in Birmingham)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: VictoriaP
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Thinktank Museum
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
  • St. Paul's Gallery
  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
  • Soho House Museum
Thinktank Museum

1) Thinktank Museum (must see)

Thinktank is a science museum in Birmingham, England. Opened in 2001, it has some exhibits from the now-closed Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Science Museum. It is part of the Millennium Point complex. Thinktank has four floors of over 200 hands on exhibits and artifacts. Each floor has a theme, in general going from the past, in Thinkback (Level 0), through Thinkhere (Level 1) and Thinknow (Level 2), to the future, in the Thinkahead gallery (Level 3).

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

2) Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (must see)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BM&AG) is a museum and art gallery.

Entrance to the Museum and Art Gallery is free, but some major exhibitions in the Gas Hall incur an entrance fee. It has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.

The Art Gallery is most noted for its extensive collections of paintings ranging from the 14th to the 21st century. They include works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the largest collection of works by Edward Burne-Jones in the world.

The collection of antiquities includes coins from ancient times through to the Middle Ages, artefacts from Ancient India and Central Asia, Ancient Cyprus and Ancient Egypt. There is material from Classical Greece, the Roman Empire and Latin America. There is also mediaeval material.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

3) Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists or RBSA is a learned society of artists and an art gallery based in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, England. The society has a permanent collection of over 400 works, including pieces from illustrious figures from its past such as David Cox and Edward Burne-Jones, and it also helps to promote artists in the Birmingham area that are exhibiting their work. Its members included some of the most significant figures in English art, and presidents during the period included artists of the stature of Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, John Everett Millais and Lord Leighton.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 5 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Paul's Gallery

4) St. Paul's Gallery

St. Paul's Gallery is a commercial art gallery, the largest in the United Kingdom outside London. It is located in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, England.

The gallery deals in two main fields: original album art, the world's largest collection of signed album cover fine art, including signed cover images from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Queen, etc. and fine art (where its holdings include works from Picasso and Dalí to Henry Moore Bridget Riley). In addition to its own collection, St Paul's Gallery hosts a programme of visiting exhibitions. It was conceived by Symon Bland and opened in February 2003 in former industrial premises near St. Paul's Square.

Operation hours: Monday- Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

5) Museum of the Jewellery Quarter (must see)

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a museum at Vyse Street in Hockley, Birmingham, England. It is a branch or community museum of the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery. For over 80 years, the family-run firm of Smith & Pepper produced jewellery from the factory that is now the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. In 2008, it was named the third best free tourist attraction in Europe by TripAdvisor, behind the Pantheon in Rome and the National Gallery in London. The Museum has preserved the "time capsule" workshop, and also tells the story of the 200 year old Jewellery Quarter and the ancient craft skills still practised in the workshop that make this area the centre of the British jewellery industry.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10:30 am - 4 pm; Saturday : 10:30 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Soho House Museum

6) Soho House Museum (must see)

Soho House Matthew Boulton's home (from 1766 until he died in 1809) is now a museum (opened in 1995), celebrating his life, his partnership with James Watt and his membership of the Lunar Society of Birmingham. It was designed by Samuel Wyatt and work on the current building began in 1789. It is a Grade II listed building.

Boulton acquired the lease of the five-year-old Soho Mill in 1761 and developed it into Soho Manufactory. He expanded the cottage next to it into Soho House, changing it several times. The Soho Manufactory was demolished in 1863.

As a Community Museum, it hosts exhibitions of local and community interest. It is free to under 16s. Gardens, grounds and visitor facilities are free to all visitors.

Operation hours: Wednesday-Thursday: 11 am –4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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