The best museums in Birmingham in December 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in Birmingham, England, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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  1. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery1

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

    The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery holds a collection of Pre-Raphaelite art that includes around 2000 fine and decorative pieces, from oil paintings, tapestries, drawings, sketchbooks, stained glass and related cartoons, to prints, illustrated books, watercolours, ceramics, and archive material.
  2. Birmingham Back to Backs2

    Birmingham Back to Backs

    Birmingham Back to Backs is a restored 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses. It is Birmingham's last surviving court of back to back housing. The story is told through the experiences of the people who lived and worked here and covers four different periods, from 1840 to 1977. The desig
  3. SEA LIFE Birmingham3

    SEA LIFE Birmingham

  4. Thinktank: Birmingham's Science Museum4

    Thinktank: Birmingham's Science Museum

    Thinktank: Birmingham's Science Museum is housed inside the Millennium Point building. The museum features more than 200 hands-on displays on science and technology, with objects ranging from steam engines and talking robots to gurgling guts and a chocolate wrapping machine. Furthermore, Thinktank:
  5. Winterbourne House and Garden5

    Winterbourne House and Garden

    Winterbourne House and Garden is a museum in Birmingham. The museum features exhibits related to: natural sciences.
  6. Pen Museum6

    Pen Museum

    The Pen Museum is a museum in Birmingham that is housed in an 1863 Florentine Renaissance style former pen factory that is devoted to pens and calligraphy. Through its collection of more than 5,000 pieces related to the steel pen trade in Birmingham, the museum tells the story of Birmingham’s import
  7. Aston Hall7

    Aston Hall

    Aston Hall is a Grade I listed Jacobean house designed by John Thorpe that is situated in a picturesque public park. Built between 1618 and 1635, it is one of the last great Jacobean houses to be built. The Aston Hall features a series of period rooms with furniture, paintings, textiles and metalwor
  8. Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works8

    Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works

    The shelves and workbenches at the Newman Brothers factory are full of original stock and tools of the trade. With the original machinery working again, you can experience how this old Jewellery Quarter firm once operated on a day-to-day basis, producing some of the world’s finest coffin furniture,
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    Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

    The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is built around a preserved jewellery workshop. The former factory is now a museum that tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter, offering a glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage. Th
  10. Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park10

    Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

    The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is a small zoo with mainly small mammals from across the world, including Red Pandas, lemurs, reptiles, meerkats, otters, birds, wallabies and many monkeys.
  11. Soho House Museum11

    Soho House Museum

    The Soho House is the Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton. The Soho House Museum is devoted to his life, including his partnership with James Watt, his membership of the Lunar Society and his contribution to the Midlands Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. The hou
  12. Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses12

    Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses

    Designed by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses (15 acres) opened to subscribers in 1832.
  13. Sarehole Mill13

    Sarehole Mill

    The Sarehole Mill is a 250 year old watermill with a distinctive silhouette with its steam engine and its chimney. The Sarehole Mill is most famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien, who lived very close to the mill and used it for inspiration. The Sarehole Mill also has connections with
  14. Blakesley Hall14

    Blakesley Hall

    Blakesley Hall is a timber-framed house built by Richard Smalbroke in 1590 who was a member of one of Birmingham’s leading merchant families. The Blakesley Hall is now furnished using an inventory taken in the 17th century and reflects the lifestyle of a wealthy family of the late Tudor and Stuart p
  15. Ikon Gallery15

    Ikon Gallery

    The Ikon Gallery is a contemporary art gallery, housed in the Grade II listed, neo-gothic former Oozells Street Board School. The Ikon Gallery features temporary exhibitions over two floors showcasing works by artists from around the world, representing a variety of media, including sound, film, mix
  16. Selly Manor Museum16

    Selly Manor Museum

    Selly Manor is a timber framed Tudor manor. Saved from demolition by chocolate manufacturer George Cadbury the building was dismantled, moved piece by piece and rebuilt in 1916 in the historic garden village of Bournville in Birmingham. Alongside the manor stands the medieval hall of Minworth Greave
  17. Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens17

    Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

    10 acres of rescued walled garden, restored to its 17/18th century shape and style. Mixing formal parterres, mazes and borders with wilder environmentally friendly areas. Visiting the 18th century country baroque in the midst of a 21st century city. An RHS partner garden mainly run by volunteer
  18. Lapworth Museum of Geology18

    Lapworth Museum of Geology

    The Lapworth Museum of Geology is a geological museum located on the University's campus and lets visitors explore life over the past 3.5 billion years. The museum displays objects from a fine geological collection, from rocks and fossils to volcanoes, earthquakes and dinosaurs. Furthermore, the mus
  19. Vintage Trains19

    Vintage Trains

    Vintage Trains is a museum in Birmingham. The museum features exhibits related to: science and technology, land transport and archives.
  20. Museum Collections Centre20

    Museum Collections Centre

    Museum Collections Centre is a museum in Birmingham. The museum features exhibits related to: science and technology. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: designated collection.

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