Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a large and vibrant museum with over 40 galleries to explore.
It is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings and for the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. You can also discover the history of Birmingham, and art and objects spanning seven centuries of World history and culture. This includes Greeks & Romans and Ancient Egypt.
There is a diverse exhibition programme that offers a series of changing exhibitions throughout the year.
The museum is free to enter. Some exhibitions and events charge. Check our website for details.
The Main Entrance for level access is the Gas Hall, Edmund Street.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Gas Hall Reception Desk, Level 1 for Edmund Street Lift.Vestibule Reception Desk, Front entrance. Level 2 for Edmund Steet Lift. Toilets on all floorsThe Edwardian Tearooms, Level 2 for Edmund Street LiftMuseum shop, Level 2 for Edmund Steet Lift.Permanent galleries on Levels 2 and 3 for Edmund Steet Lift.Gas Hall, Level 1 for Edmund Steet Lift.
Travel by public transport
Midland Metro tram that runs from Wolverhampton to Birmingham Grand Central/Birmingham New Street Station every 8-15 minutes, 7 days per week. Timetables and prices can be found via their website http://www.nationalexpress.com/help-and-advice/tickets/fares-tickets-and-coachcards.aspx
More information about the accessibility of the bus services can be found via the National Express website: http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands/legal/wheelchair-buggy-and-mobility-scooter-guidance/
For local travel information, please consult: http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is located a short walking distance from all central stations:
0.4 miles from New Street station (estimated 10 minute walk)
0.4 miles from Snow Hill station (estimated 10 minute walk)
0.6 miles from Moor Street station (estimated 20 minute walk)
The nearest mainline train station is New Street Station. Take the New Street exit of the station and turn left upon New Street. Continue to Victoria Square and turn right as you approach Birmingham Town Hall. The main entrance will be on your right or follow the pathway round to the right for entrances to the lift entrance, Gas Hall or Waterhall.
Moor Street Station (20 minutes walk away). Follow clear signage to New Street Station and follow instructions above.
Please refer to National Rail website for train times and fares.
For Sat Nav and Google Maps use postcode B3 3DH. Only minutes from the Bullring and Birmingham Grand Central, the nearest motorways are the M6, M5 and M42.
There is no car park at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, but the nearest multi-storey car park is Birmingham Town Hall car park, of which information can be found here:
Upon parking and leaving the Town Hall car park, turn right once exiting on Brunel Street, left on Navigation Street and take the first left again up Hill Street, continuing to Chamberlain Square and the main entrance ahead of you. The walk is approximately 5 minutes.
Parking bays for Blue Badge Holders can be found on Margaret Street and Edmund Street which are in close proximity to our Edmund Street lift entrance.
Please view the Birmingham City Council website for more information on Blue Badge City Centre Parking: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/bluebadgeparking
Please note that from 2015 onwards, extensive road works will affect the traffic flow and pedestrian access around Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, to check details, go tohttp://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/access/
Travel by taxi
For further information please go to the TOA website:http://www.toataxis.co.uk/
A quick drop off can be made on Margaret Street, which is close to the lift entrance on Edmund Street.
Margaret Street has a limited number of charging parking bays.
Path to main entrance
The lift entrance is on Edmund Street, the main entrance we refer to in this guide. If you approach from the front entrance on Chamberlain Square, you can make your way to the lift entrance by starting with the front entrance on your right, turning right at the end of the building. You will find the lift by the Gas Hall entrance on the left hand building.
The two buildings are connected by a bridge, and are both part of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Edmund Street Lift
Great Charles Street Lift
Ticket/ information desk
Gas Hall Reception Desk, Level 1 for Edmund Street Lift.
This is on first floor, choose level 1 in the lift.
Ticket/ information desk
Vestibule Reception Desk, Front entrance. Level 2 for Edmund Steet Lift.
This is on second floor, choose level 2 in the lift. To access the Vestibule Reception Desk from the lift, turn left on exiting the lift, go through the double doors and turn left down the bridge. The desk is straight ahead on the other side of the Round Room.
Things to See and Do
Toilets on all floors
At Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery there are toilets on each floor.
We have an accessible toilet on each with handrails.
There are Ladies and Gents toilets present on each floor.
The Education Suite has it's own set of toilets for use by Schools.
Museum shop, Level 2 for Edmund Steet Lift.
The Museum shop sells a variety of items, gifts, cards, merchandise relating to exhibtions can be purchased as souvenirs or gifts.
To access the shop from the Edmund Street lift, go to level 2. Exit and turn left and go through the double doors. Turn left and cross the bridge gallery until you reach the Round Room. Turn left in the Round Room for the shop.
Place to eat and drink
The Edwardian Tearooms, Level 2 for Edmund Street Lift
To access the Edwardian Tearooms from the Edmund Street lift, go to level 2. Exit and turn left and go through the double doors. Turn left and cross the bridge gallery until you reach the Round Room. Turn left in the Round Room, and go straight ahead through the shop, Industrial gallery and Mini Museum until you reach the cafe.
Any dietary requirements, please call the Edwardian Tea Room in advance of your visit to ensure your dietary requirements are catered for on the day of your visit.
There is also a cafe on the bridge gallery.
Permanent galleries on Levels 2 and 3 for Edmund Steet Lift.
All galleries are either open plan or have doors with automatic push buttons to help open doors for any visitors requiring assistance.
There is a balcony area above the Industrial Gallery and Edwardian Tearooms which due to the age and historic nature of the Grade II* listed building is currently not accessible by lift.
Gas Hall, Level 1 for Edmund Steet Lift.
The Gas Hall is a temporary exhibition space. The next exhibition scheduled is Home of Metal presents Black Sabbath - 50 Years. This will take place 26 Jun - 29 Sep 2019. This exhibition has a charge and tickets must be pre-booked.
Getting around outside
Customer care support
We have an access box with ear defenders and limited large print for certain temporary exhibtions.
Emergency evacuation procedures
When the fire sounders are actiated, these will flash alerting an evacutaion is in place. The Museum Enabler Team along with the Retail and Edwardian Tearoom staff are on hand to clear all public areas and safety of visitors with departing the building.
Customer care support
Staff at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery can be easily identified as they have a blue uniform with the Museum's logo embedded.
Our cleaning and technical team wear black uniforms with the Museum's logo embedded.
Our security team wear a lighter shdae of blue shirts.
All our staff have the Museum's lanyards and ID badges visiable at all times as well as name badges.
On request we find local partners that can be of assistantance dependent on the visitor need. We do not have in house services but aim to put visitors in touch with local partners where possible to discuss extra support that may be required. For example translation or BSL.
The closet changing places facility to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery can be found in the Bullring Birmingham. It is advised to call their customer services department.