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.
Meet Me at the Museum
Writer and photographer Caleb Azumah Nelson visits Bristol Museum & Art Gallery with his partner, theatre-maker and poet Esme Allman. Together they encounter art that speaks to Bristol’s radical history, explore an exhibition of work by one of their favourite artists, Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, and discover how a project led by the museum’s Young Collective has brought fresh new perspectives to the museum’s collection.
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.