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- Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
- Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am to 6pm.
- Closed from 2pm Tuesday 24 December. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Visit the Christmas and New Year opening hours and services page for further details.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Bristol, BS8 1RL
- By foot or on bike: Located on Queen’s Road just off Park Street, only a five to ten minute walk from the city centre.
Several bicycle stands close to the museum where you could park your bike.
- By bus: Bus services numbered 1, 8, 8a, 9, 40, 40a, 41, 54 all travel past the museum up Park Street. For timetables please call traveline on 0871 200 22 33.
- By train: Bristol Temple Meads station is a 25 minute walk away. Clifton Down station is a 15 minute walk away, but both are served by the 1,8 and 9 bus services which would take you to the museum.
- By car: The museum is approximately two miles from the M32. You can park in any of the city car parks but the closest two are West End and Trenchard Street Car Parks both about five minutes walk away. Use Car Park Finder to check for their locations and facilities.
Please note we are making exciting improvements to the art galleries.
- Balcony Gallery – this gallery will host the Orpheus Mosaic from 3 August until 12 January.
- French Art – redisplayed with new additions, in a newly refurbished gallery, see this collection of paintings in a new light!
- Eastern Art - new sculpture 'Red Gate' by Guan Donghai 关东海 is now on display in the Chinese Glass gallery. Forms in Succession by Nagae Shigekazu 長江重和 and Ku (Free Essence 32), by Ikuta Niyoko 生田丹代子 have gone on display in the Ceramics gallery.
- Art Galleries - Two new exhibitions from 30 November: City Lives, the second in the Global to Local trilogy of exhibitions and Places of Desire, featuring highlights from the museum’s collections of Victorian and Edwardian eras from 1840s to the 1920s. Find out more about these displays.
- Eatern Art. The Eastern Art gallery will be closed from Wednesday 11 December to Friday 13 December 2013.
- World Wildlife Gallery. The World Wildlife Gallery will be closed from Monday 6 January to Friday 17 January 2014.
Please contact the museum directly on 0117 922 3571 to plan your visit. You can search our collections and see images of all the works previously on display on our online collections database.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has collections of regional, national and international importance. It is one of the few museums to have been awarded designated status by the government – the mark of an outstanding museum.
Ground floor – World Cultures
- South West Wildlife – explore the natural wonders of our region.
- Egypt – step back in time to ancient Egypt.
- Assyria – study our large Assyrian reliefs
- Archaeology and world cultures collections in the Curiosity gallery.
- Exhibition gallery. The museum has an exciting exhibition programme.
- Under 7s gallery – Younger visitors can explore the museums collections with fun activities in Curiosity Discovery Area.
- Café and shop.
First floor - Natural Sciences
- Geology – take a journey through the last billion years of the history of the planet. Amazing fossils allow you to see traces of creatures that have evolved and become extinct
- Minerals – discover sparkling world of minerals, gemstones and crystals including the Bristol Diamond.
- Dinosaurs – meet the Bristol dinosaur and some of his friends, including the best-preserved dinosaurs ever found in Britain – the Scelidosaurus.
- Wildlife galleries – take a trip through the animal kingdom and see rare, endangered and extinct wildlife from the UK and around the globe including the Canadian "wild cat".
- How Bristol has developed over the centuries through maps and prints - on the first floor balcony.
- Bristol Box Kite – a great view from of the Box Kite from first floor balcony.
- The Orpheus Mosaic – redisplayed in the new Balcony Gallery.
Second floor - Art Galleries
- Art galleries – Please note we are making exciting improvements to the art galleries. See the top of this page for more information.
- French Art – This gallery features paintings by French artists and includes work by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and Lucien Pissarro (1863-1944). Find our more about this gallery on the Fine art collections page.
- Pottery and ceramics – Exquisite craftsmanship and design showcased in our ceramic and glass galleries. British and European collections are displayed alongside locally made wares.
- Silver collection – a glittering display against a backdrop of paintings of Bristol as it was over 200 years ago.
- Eastern art – 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.
- The Romans and Bristol - An exhibition of Bristol's own collections and the people who discovered them.
- Curiosity - Under 7s Discovery Area
Younger visitors can tell stories in our crystal cave, act out a performance on stage, bring stories to life using puppets, make a pot, or try the animuddle game. Find out more about Curiosity - under 7s Discovery Area.
- Dinosaur resource area
Create and draw your own favorite dinosaurs or fossils and explore online information about those amazing creatures!
- World wildlife resource area
Draw your favourite animals, listen to different animal noises from all over the world and explore online wildlife information.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times in all of our family discovery areas.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has a dynamic exhibitions programme including photography, contemporary and fine art, as well as high profile touring exhibitions.
Find out more about our exhibitions.
Enjoy an exciting range of events including workshops, arts and craft activities, exhibition events and tours, family fun days, holiday activities, summer walks and winter lectures. View our full listing of museum events.
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The shop is located on the ground floor and open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4.45pm, weekends 10am to 5.45pm.
We sell a wide range of products including:
- Bristol Blue glass.
- Local history books.
- Selected postcards and prints from the museum collections.
- Reproduction historical maps of Bristol.
- Prints by local artists, including work by Trevor Haddrell.
- Reproduction Egyptian artefacts, books and novelties.
- A range of children's toys, many at affordable pocket-money prices.
- Greetings cards – including a selection by local artists.
- Unusual high quality Russian dolls – Matryoshkas.
The café is on the ground floor and serves fresh, homemade, fair-trade and organic food. Children's menu and highchairs available.
Café opening times:
- 10am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
- 10am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday.
The ground floor front and rear halls are available to hire for corporate and private events, for more information visit the Venue hire page.
- Level access entrance with a lift to the main entrance.
- Fully accessible for wheelchair users, with access to all floors.
- Toilets (including an accessible toilet on the ground floor).
- Wheelchairs available.
- Baby change.
- Baby feeding room.
- Loop system at the information desk.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Queens Road Bristol, BS8 1RL Opening Hours
- Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
- Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am to 6pm
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work: 0117 922 3571