Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

This designated museum holds significant collections of international importance.

The neoclassical building was designed by Sir Charles Robert Cockerell in 1823, and was later used as the Freemasons Hall. In 1899 it became an art gallery for the city.

Permanent collections

The superb permanent collections hold Old Master paintings, British art (including work by Bristol School artists), Eastern art, ceramics, silverware and glassware, Egyptian mummies and Assyrian reliefs, archaeological artefacts and natural history exhibits. There is also a freshwater aquarium.

Art Funded works

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery was awarded £1 million to spend on international contemporary art through the Art Fund International funding scheme. Discover how works of art from across the globe came to the Bristol with our interactive map


Art we've helped buy at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Venue details

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Queen's Road Bristol BS8 1RL 0117 922 3571 www.bristol.gov.uk/museums

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm
Sat – Sun and Bank Holiday Mon, 10am – 6pm

Closed from 2pm on 24 Dec. Closed 25 – 26 Dec