Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol, BS8 1RL

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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.

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 we’ve helped buy at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

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

Venue information

Opening times

Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm

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

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)