Bristol Museum and Art Gallery


Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, Somerset, BS8 1RL
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

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Come in through the main entrance of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and find yourself in the Front Hall – look up to admire the amazing building and see the Bristol Boxkite flying above your head.
There’s lots to see and do on the Ground Floor, including:
• South West Wildlife – explore the wetland wonders of our region
• Egypt – step back in time to ancient Egypt
• Assyria – study the ancient civilisation of the Middle East
• Curiosity – under sevens’ discovery area alongside Archaeology and objects from around the world (closes 30 mins before the rest of the museum – 4:30pm during week and 5:30pm at weekends)
• Exhibition Gallery
• The Café and Shop
• Toilets, stairs and a lift to the First and Second floors

Explore the natural world from dinosaurs to rocks to birds. The First Floor is home to the famous Alfred and the beautiful Gypsy Caravan – you’ll also get a great view of the Bristol Boxkite from the balcony.
On the First Floor you’ll find:
• Dinosaurs – meet the Bristol dinosaur and some of his friends, including the best-preserved dinosaurs ever found in Britain: the scelidosaurs
• Wildlife – discover the animal kingdom and see rare, endangered and extinct wildlife from the UK and around the globe, including the extinct tasmanian tiger (Thylacine)
• Geology – take a journey through the last billion years of the history of the planet. Amazing fossils allow you to see traces of creatures from the past
• Minerals – a sparkling world of minerals, gemstones and crystals including Bristol Diamonds
• Balcony gallery – keep an eye on what’s on to see what exhibitions are showing
• Maps and prints which show how Bristol has changed over the centuries on the balcony

There’s so much to explore on the Second Floor of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. From stunning paintings to one of the best collections of Chinese glass outside of Asia.
On the Second Floor there is:
• French Art – paintings by French artists, including work by Lucien Pissarro
• European Art – Old Master Italian and Dutch paintings (with a huge painting of Noah’s Ark by Dutch artist Jan Griffier the Elder)
• Victorian Art (Places of Desire) – featuring highlights from our collections of Victorian and Edwardian eras from the 1840s to the 1920s
• Eastern Art – a stunning array of ceramics, carvings and glass from China and Japan
• Pottery, ceramics and glass – exquisite craftsmanship and design. British and European collections are displayed alongside locally made wares, including Bristol Delftware and Bristol Blue Glass
• Silver – a glittering display against a backdrop of paintings by the Bristol School of Artists
• Exhibition Gallery 2



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Open All Year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted


Road Directions

Exit M5 Junction 18 and follow A4 towards Bristol City Centre then follow signposts for Bristol Museum

Opening Times

Museum (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Open all year round
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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