Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

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Queen's Road, Bristol, United Kingdom
0117 922 3571

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Reviews

traceyirish traceyir…
46 reviews
A bit of everything Apr 16, 2013
Bristol museum is free to go into (except for the Egyptian exhibition that was on when we were there, but I think that was only £5)

There is everything from local history, and flora and fauna to modern art. I particularly liked the dinosaur exhibit, showcasing remains found locally.

There is also a large exhibit of English crockery, which reminded me of the old Willow pattern plates my Grandmother had on her dresser.

There is an Asian exhibit, showing tiny jade dragons and giant vases and everything in between.

A while ago the museum was taken over by Bansky (a local street artist) and remains of this exhibit can be seen around the museum, including a statue with an overturned paint bucket on her head.

The museum is well worth a visit; just note that the hill up to it is very steep so if you aren't in the fullness of health, get a taxi!
Duck, duck, goose
Platyosuar (I think...)
John and a dinosaur
Local history
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Unexpected gem Sep 01, 2011
Serving as the city’s main museum, I didn’t realise how gigantic this place was or how comprehensive its collections were. The entrance area had some great artefacts from ancient Egypt (and the Assyrian empire too) as well as a section that was dedicated to the birds and wildlife that surround the local area. Further up, there were several rooms dedicated to British and European paintings, as well as certain collections of China and artefacts from the edges of Asia. There was a local theme too, with one of the walls showing maps of Bristol. Another key highlight of the upper rooms were the natural minerals that were on display, as well as the birds from Papua New Guinea. Amazed at the exhibits, that country just went higher up my bucket list of dream destinations!

I think the nicest thing about the museum was its accessibility - the staff are so friendly and helpful from the entrance, and there’s a dedicated section that allows children to access certain objects in closer detail. Throughout the museum, there are bits of information which would allow children to read more about the exhibits. Furthermore, I thought there were just so many things here, that I would visit the museum on several occasions just to have a wander and spot something that I didn’t during previous visits.

Free entrance. No flash photography allowed.
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sarahelaine sarahela…
648 reviews
Dec 30, 2007
One word - Ichthyosaur!

The City Art Gallery and Museum is a city museum at the top of Park Street, with free admission. And marine reptile fossils. There are two giant icthysaur fossils. It can't get better than that. There are also some old maps that chart the expansion of Bristol, which are interesting, some ceramics, some nice art from the city's collection, and a small natural history section. Oh, and some antique aeroplanes hanging from the ceiling. The museum also hosts some travelling exhibitions, currently the Shell Wildlife photography prize winners.

It is also a really lovely museum space. The building is nice and airy, the toilets are original fixtures, and there is a cafe, a small play area and a shop. Each time I've been there there have been signs advertising special children's activities. It would be a great place to spend a couple of hours between activities.
Boxkite aeroplane on ceiling

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