- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery tells the story of our world in every display, from the beginning of time to the present day.
19 galleries over 3 floors reveal fascinating cultures, ancient civilisations, human invention and creativity, as well as showcasing our beautiful and fragile natural world. With thousands of amazing objects on display, one visit just isn't enough!
World-class collections of art, archaeology, geology and natural history are displayed inside this beautiful Edwardian building at the top of Park Street and the bottom of Whiteladies Road.
The Museum also has dynamic exhibitions and events programme throughout the year and a shop and cafe.
On the ground floor
Explore the natural wonders of our region, step back in time to ancient Egypt and Assyria and encounter intriguing objects from the Archaeology and World Cultures collections in the Curiosity gallery. Under 7s can try out new activities in the museum's popular play and learn space.
On the first floor
Take a journey through the last billion years of the history of the planet in the Geology galleries. Amazing fossils allow you to see traces of creatures that have evolved and become extinct on its ever-changing surface. Discover sparkling world of minerals, gemstones and crystals including the Bristol Diamond.
In the dinosaur galleries, meet the Bristol dinosaur and some of his friends, including the best-preserved dinosaurs ever found in Britain - the Scelidosaurus. The museums wildlife galleries allow you to take a trip through the animal kingdom and see rare, endangered and extinct wildlife from the UK and around the globe.
From the first floor balcony, you can see how Bristol has developed over the centuries through maps and prints. You can also view the Bristol BoxKite from here.
On the second floor
Explore the museum's art galleries. Discover Bellini, Cranach, Renior, Pissarro, Sisley, Bomberg, Hepworth and Beryl Cook - amongst other great artists in the seven art galleries.
Exquisite craftsmanship and design showcased in the ceramic and glass galleries. British and European collections are displayed alongside locally made wares.
In the Bristol School of Artists gallery, the glittering silver collection is displayed against a backdrop of paintings of Bristol as it was over 200 years ago.
In the Eastern Art Gallery, see a stunning array of ceramics, carvings and glass from ancient China and Japan. Immerse yourself in the beauty of one of the best collections of Chinese glass outside Asia.