The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery situated in Chamberlain Square is an appropriate setting for some of the world's finest examples of Pre-Raphaelite art.
Opened in 1885, the museum houses prehistoric collections, birds and wildlife section, paintings and drawings, precious stones and jewellery, costumes, pottery and a varied collection of archaelogical material.
Very much a socially orientated museum the displays illustrate the ethnic make up of the City of Birmingham and citizens are invited to contribute their ideas and thoughts to the collection.
The museum is very pro active in its exhibitions and displays. The nearby Gas Hall has an impressive programme of events.
A visit to the Edwardian Tea Room is a must and the museum has its own shop which is operated by the National Trust. This is a wonderful museum and not to be rushed. Put aside plenty of time to browse round the galleries.
There is no entrance charge though donations are accepted to assist in the upkeep of the museum. The museum has over a million visitors a year.
If you are looking for fine Art, the Barber Institute at the Birmingham University will be an important entry on your list of places to see.
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham. B3 3DH. Tel: 0121 303 2834