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Collections

There are over 500,000 objects in the collections, dating from 200,000 years ago to the present, and originating from each of the continents. 

Birmingham Museums is home to one of the world's finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art, as well as extensive collections of fine and applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.

The collections have been Designated as outstanding by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and have local, regional, national and international importance.

The Museum Collections Centre in Nechells has brought together 80 per cent of Birmingham Museums' stored collections under one roof. Find out more about the Museum Collections Centre.

Online Collections

Explore our online collections:

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource The Pre-Raphaelite website has 2,000 images and we are continuing to add more. Birmingham has the largest public collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world.

Your Paintings Oil paintings from our collection feature on the Your Paintings website. This website aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings.

BMAGiC This website showcases a range of our collections including Fine Art, Applied Art, Antiquites, Ethnography, Social History, Topographical, and Coins & Medals.

Google Art Art works from our collection can be examined in detail on the Google Art website. More images of our collections will continue to be added to this website.

Spotlight Sessions

Put your own object under the spotlight - bring it to the museum for our experts to tell you all about it. Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month between 1pm and 3pm. They will take place in the Industrial Gallery on the 2nd floor. Please note that the curators cannot give valuations.