Museums and galleries

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Some of the finest art collections in the world are to be found in Birmingham. At the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery you can see art and objects spanning seven centuries of European and World history and culture. Find out more about Birmingham’s history or see the Egyptian mummies. The museum is particularly famous for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and best of all admission is free. 

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts provide lovely settings for classical and modern works, while the IKON Gallery on Brindley Place hosts contemporary exhibitions and installations.

Birmingham also has a wealth of museums. At Cadbury World you can find out about the history of chocolate, see how it's made and try a few free samples! The ThinkTank science and technology museum is located just across the road from campus. There are over 200 hands-on displays as well as a state-of-the-art Planetarium and cinema.

Community museums and historic buildings

Birmingham’s rich and proud heritage is celebrated in several museums and buildings.

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter offers an insight into the city’s centuries old jewellery trade. The Birmingham Back to Backs are a carefully restored, 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses. Inside you see what life was like for people who lives and worked there. Admission free to National Trust members. Aston Hall is a Jacobean-style mansion close to Birmingham city centre. It boasts a series of period rooms which have furniture, paintings, textiles and metalwork from the collections of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Admission is free.