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Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery situated in Queen’s Road next to the Wills University building has been awarded Designated status by the Government. This magnificent building houses a wonderful collection of regional, national and international exhibits. The region’s largest museum includes the famous Ichthyosaur (Sea Dragons) display as well as an outstanding Art Gallery.

There are special temporary exhibitions and displays that complement the main permanent collections as well as a very varied excellent public events programme.

On the lower floors off from the main Winterstoke Hall are the South West Natural History rooms containing aquatic habitats and a freshwater aquarium containing typical fish of the region as well as an interactive map of local wildlife site and the South West Archaelogical Gallery. The fascinating Egyptology Gallery with its exhibits of real mummies and other ancient relics is next door to the Assyrian Reliefs. At the far end of the gallery are ancient glass exhibits.

On the first floor are British Birds and Mammals as well as the World Wildlife Gallery with its examples of animals of extinct and endangered species. The Geology Gallery with its wonderful minerals and gemstones and an exhibition of Oriental Art and the Maps of Bristol are also on this floor.

Upstairs on the second floor is the Art Gallery with a Pottery and Porcelain exhibition as well as Eastern Art, Ceramics, Silverware and Glassware. As well as Bristol School Paintings there is a vast collection of Watercolours, French Paintings, Old Masters, 17-19th Century British Paintings, Victorian Paintings as well as Sculpture.

Throughout the Museum and Art Gallery material from other countries can be seen, including pottery and clothing.

There is a Museum shop on the ground floor and a fully licensed Edwardian-style cafe in the rear hall serves home made food.



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