The best museums in Birmingham
Birmingham is one of the most astonishing and most attractive cities of England. It is situated in the West Midlands and it is considered the second most populous British city. Birmingham is an important international commercial centre, it is home to a large number of six universities and it is famous for its excellent landmarks.
This large city attracts dozens of tourists each year due to its magnificent visitor attractions which include unique architectural jewels like churches, cathedrals, modern buildings, museums and art galleries. In one of the previous articles I have already presented you the most significant landmarks of Birmingham. Below I will present you the best museums in Birmingham. If you love to visit museums on your vacations, I suggest you to choose this city.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
The fantastic Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is a major arts museum of the city. It is famous for housing important works by the Pre-Raphaelites. This collection is considered “of outstanding importance”.
Besides, the museum presents an important collection of “old masters”, including world renowned works by Bellini, Claude, Rubens and Canaletto. A very important collection of the museum presents the Italian Baroque paintings of 17th century. The museum is open Mondays to Thursdays from 10:00 until 17:00, on Fridays from 10:30 to 17:00 and on weekends from 10:00 to 17:00. (September 2013)
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
The Jewellery Quarter is an important area of Birmingham which attracts numerous tourists. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter was declared in 2008 the third best free tourist attraction in Europe. The museum includes a fantastic jewellery workshop and presents the story of the 200 year-old Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 until 16:00. (September 2013)
A very interesting and attractive museum of Birmingham is the fantastic Thinktank which is considered to be the major science museum of the city. The highlight of the museum is the oldest working steam engine of the world named Smethwick Engine. Besides, it houses a planetarium and an immense screen cinema. Thinktank is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00, with last admissions at 16:00. (September 2013)
If you love chocolate, I suggest you to visit the fantastic Cadbury World. This interesting museum presents the steps of chocolate making, also the history of chocolate and the development of the company. The museum is one of the most attractive leisure sights of the city, dragging about half million of people every year. With demonstrations, interactive displays and different presentations, the museum is a must-visit sight if you love chocolate.