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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 the drive section of the TravelWest website to check for their locations and facilities.
Please note we are making exciting improvements to the art galleries.
- 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 - exhibition Places of Desire, featuring highlights from the museum’s collections of Victorian and Edwardian eras from 1840s to the 1920s.
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.
- Turner: watercolours from the West - on display from 1 May until 6 July 2014 in the balcony gallery.
Second floor - Art Galleries
- 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
- European Art - This gallery features Old Master Italian and Dutch paintings, including pictures by Giovanni Bellini (ca1430-1516) and Bernardo Bellotto (1720-1780). Look for the huge painting of Noah's Ark by Dutch artist Jan Griffier the Elder (1646-1718).
- Victorian Art - exhibition Places of Desire, featuring highlights from the museum’s collections of Victorian and Edwardian eras from 1840s to the 1920s.
- 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.
Kids eat for free when you purchase an adult main course (Monday to Friday from 22 April until 15 September). Hot food only, not valid on children's explorer packs. Download the voucher (pdf, 0.9 MB)(opens new window) for full terms and conditions and to redeem the offer.
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 entry through electronic doors at the front left
- Platform lift access to the Front Hall
- Passenger lift to all public areas except Sea Dragons, with spoken floor announcements and tactile buttons
- Lift access to the basement area for pre-booked tours
- Reception desk with a section at wheelchair user height
- Two adult sized wheelchairs for loan from Reception
- Visitor Services staff on all floors
- Some seating - with additional seating arranged on request
- DiscoveryPen audio access to the Egyptian and Assyrian Galleries, and the French Art Gallery
- Wheelchair accessible toilet
- Baby change
- Baby feeding room
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: email@example.com
- Work: 0117 922 3571