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Don't miss Bristol Museum's exciting programme of high profile exhibitions running throughout the year. These temporary exhibitions take place at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and M Shed and are located in the Temporary Exhibition Galleries at both museums unless otherwise stated.
Roman Empire: Power and People
21 September 2013 – 12 January 2014
£5 / £4 concessions / £3 children / Free under 5's
Family ticket £10 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Roman Empire: Power & People explores the story of one of the most formidable empires the world has ever seen.
See over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum, including sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing.
The exhibition debuts at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and is the only stop in the south-west before touring the UK.
Find out more about the exhibition and booking information on the Roman Empire: Power and People page.
Return from the Underworld - The Orpheus Mosaic from Newton St Loe
3 August - 12 January 2014. Balcony Gallery, First Floor.
Discover the Orpheus Mosaic from Newton St Loe, one of the museum's largest Roman objects. This is only the second time it has been on public show in more than 150 years.
The Romans and Bristol
19 October - 12 January 2014. Exhibition Gallery 2, Second Floor.
An exhibition of Bristol’s own Roman collections and the people who discovered them. Find out more.
City Lives – Contemporary art in a changing world
30 November 2013 to 2 March 2014. Art Galleries, second floor.
City Lives is the second in the Global to Local trilogy of exhibitions showing at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Half the world’s population lives in a city and it is estimated that by 2050 this will rise to more than three quarters. Featuring artists from around the world, City Lives explores some of the issues arising from Urbanisation today.
The exhibition presents new works acquired through Art Fund International, in partnership with Arnolfini.
This exhibition showcases new artworks acquired with the support of the Art Fund under Art Fund International, the Contemporary Art Society, the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery and a private patron. It has been supported by the Henry Moore Foundation. Find out more about the exhibition.
Places of Desire
From 30 November 2013. Art Galleries, second floor.
Places of Desire features highlights from the museum’s collections of Victorian and Edwardian eras from 1840s to the 1920s. Themes of Travel, Romance and Modern Life show the extraordinary range of styles and subject matter that artists were experimenting with during this very exciting period in British and other European art. The redisplay has been made possible due to the generous support of the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery. Find out more about the exhibition.
Rugby League and the South-West
25 October - 30 November 2013
This pop up exhibition tells a potted history of Rugby League: its origins, development, and compelling stories of the sport’s South West and Welsh heroes over the past century.
See the M Shed website for further details.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
30 November - 23 February 2014
Encounter the rich array of wildlife on our planet in this world-renowned exhibition from the Natural History Museum – touring at M Shed for the very first time.
Now in its 49th year, the competition provides a global showcase of extraordinary images celebrating the drama, beauty and splendour of the natural world with astonishing, creative and sometimes humorous wildlife photography.
See the M Shed website for further details.
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