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Collections

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery is the largest local authority museum service in England. 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.

BMAG 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 Museums Collections Centre in Nechells has brought together 80 per cent of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery’s stored collections under one roof. Find out more about the Museum Collections Centre.

Online Collections

View Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery's online database of objects BMAGiC or explore the 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.

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.

Collections Enquiry Service

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is currently working on an exciting and ambitious capital project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, entitled Birmingham – A City in the Making. The project will see the creation of a new and innovative wing of Birmingham history galleries on the top floor of the museum. To focus on the delivery of this major project, the Museum and Art Gallery is suspending its public enquiries service in the several collection and subject areas from 1 April 2010 until 31 March 2011 when it will be reviewed. Further information is given as a word document and as a pdf.