Renaissance masterpieces rub shoulders with contemporary commissions as works from the Government Art Collection go on display for the first time in its 100-year history.

Over the past 18 months, the Whitechapel Gallery has hosted five displays of art from the Government Art Collection, each selected by a different group around a specific theme. This Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery exhibition unites all five displays, from Simon Schama’s exploratory romp through the collection to a survey of 60 years of GAC commissions.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3DH

0121 348 8000


Opening times

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00

Friday: 10:30 - 17:30

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Free to all

Free exhibitions with National Art Pass

10% off in café

Valid to 31 December 2019

The Edwardian Tea Room within Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery offers a great area in which to sit and unwind after viewing the collections. Take in the splendour of the period tiled floor and listed architecture while choosing from freshly prepared salads and sandwiches or hot meals such as the traditional carvery and fish and chips.

A great range of cakes & desserts from the patisserie are also on offer as well as hot & cold drinks and a selection of alcoholic beverages.

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