Queens Road – Clifton BRISTOL Avon BS8 1RL

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery was designed by Sir Charles Robert Cockerell in 1823. Originally, the building was used as the Freemasons Hall, until 1899 when it became the art gallery.

At the top of Park Street, you will find The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, positioned conveniently along a road of bars, restaurants and independent shops. You can pop into the museum and gallery when you have a spare five minutes, or if you want to take your time and spend a whole day – you can!

Run by Bristol City Council, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is free to enter, however some of the larger exhibitions and events are paid events so do check before going. The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is comprised of 20 galleries, so there is plenty to see.

If you do visit, you will find a range of interesting art and history, including; Geology, Eastern art, Bristol’s history, Natural history, Archaeology and more.

With lots of touring events and one-off exhibitions, there is always something new to see and learn, so even if you’ve been before, there will be something novel to explore!

There have been world famous exhibitions held here, including the Banksy Exhibition in 2009 which was planned secretly, and not publicised prior to the event, but attracted visitors from across the globe.

Every year the museum hosts a celebration for the Chinese New Year during February. This event includes dancing dragons, martial art performances, story telling and craft activities and is the biggest event the museum runs.

Local to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is Bristol Cathedral, the harbourside, plenty of pubs and bars, lots of shopping, Bristol Aquarium and other museums such as The M Shed.