Museums in Birmingham
Birmingham has a rich industrial and commercial past and the many
museums in the area keep a fascinating history well and truly alive.
Aston Hall [map],
Trinity Road, Aston, was built in the first half of the 17th century
and remains a local treasure. With original and ornate rooms that
display a luxurious Jacobean décor, Sir Thomas Holte’s
home is brimming with collections of furniture, art, textiles, and
metal work from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Stay close by and pay a visit to The Aston Manor Road Transport
The Old Tram Depot, Witton Lane.
This 19th century refurbished tram depot is home to an impressive
collection of commercial road transport vehicles. There’s also
an on-site gift shop where you can pick up your own trolley bus memorabilia.
One of Birmingham’s biggest and brightest museums can be found
at The Birmingham Museum and Gallery [map],
Founded in 1885, the gallery’s collections cover fine art, archaeology,
ethnography, natural history, social history, science, technology
and industrial history.
The museum has a changing programme of temporary historical exhibitions
so no matter how many times you visit you’ll always find something
Get on your bike and head to the National Motorbike Museum [map],
Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, where you’ll find more
than 700 motorcycles under one roof.
There is a large collection of rare and unusual British bikes, which
pays homage to the British motorcycle industry that once dominated
Enjoy life on the right side of the law with a visit to The West
Midlands Police Museum [map],
Sparkhill Station, Stratford Road, Sparkhill.
Here you’ll find a comprehensive study of the rich history of
the force as well as a wide selection of artefacts and documents of
historical importance. Visits are by strict appointment only.
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