history museums in Birmingham & West Mids
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Birmingham & West Mids Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Birmingham & West Mids...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Birmingham & West Mids Museums and Galleries

blank tabBLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ
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At the heart of the Black Country is where you will discover a fascinating world.

The Museum site is not all buildings with areas of apparently derelict land, the result of coal mining, linking the Museum village to the mining area and the entrance.

Electric tramcars, trolleybuses and other period vehicles transport visitors back in time from the modern exhibition halls to the canal-side village, where costumed demonstrators and working craftsmen bring the buildings to life with their local knowledge, practical skills and unique Black Country humour.

Go underground into the coal mine, take a trip on a canal narrowboat into the famous Dudley Canal Caverns (additional charge), to spend a day soaking up the atmosphere of this very different museum where costumed demonstrators and living characters bring the story of the buildings to life.
Tel: 0121 557 9643
E-mail: info@bclm.co.uk
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blank tabBRITISH MOTOR MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Banbury Road, Gaydon, West Midlands, CV35 0BJ

Fun for the whole family, whatever the weather! Explore the British Motor Museum, the largest collection of historic British cars in the newly refurbished Museum. Take a walk down the 'Time Road' and discover how both motoring and family life has changed through the decades. Travel through 'Making British Cars' and see how influential the motor industry has been over the years and where it is heading in the future. Enjoy a free guided tour. We host many fantastic school holiday activities and special weekend motoring events. CLOSED: 30th November 2015 to 12th February 2016.
Tel: 01926 641188    Fax: 01926 641555
E-mail: enquiries@britishmotormuseum.co.uk
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Transport Museum

Chapel Lane, Wythall, Birmingham, West Midlands, B47 6JX
Tel: 01564 826471     E-mail: enquiries@bammot.org.uk

Opening times - we are open to casual visitors between 11a.m. and 4.30p.m. each Saturday and Sunday between March and the end of November, and Wednesday afternoons 1pm to 4:30pm between May and August. Throughout the year we have themed Event Days when museum buses offer rides, a delightful ride-on miniature steam railway operates, and the cafeteria and shop are open, the latter selling transport models, books, magazines and DVDs.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3DH
Tel: 0121 303 2834     E-mail: bmag_enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

400,000 years of history together with the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

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Broadfield House Glass Museum

Compton Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9NS
Tel: 01384 812745

A collection of British glass dating from the 17th century to the present day. Along with a programme of events and temporary exhibitions celebrating the magical art of glassmaking.

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Vintage Trains

670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 2HL
Tel: 0121 708 4960     E-mail: office@vintagetrains.co.uk

Ride the Shakespeare Express, a vintage steam train from the Tyseley collection and experience the romanticism of a 1950's holiday trip on this round trip journey from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Dudley Museum and Art Gallery

St James' Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HU
Tel: 01384 815575

Fine Art exhibitions and a collection of 12,000 fossils and mineral specimens.

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National Motorcycle Museum

Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ
Tel: 01675 443311    E-mail: admin@nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk

‘Legends Live On’ at the National Motorcycle Museum, a tribute to the British Motorcycle industry, which dominated world markets for over 60 years.

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Walsall Leather Museum

Littleton Street West, Walsall, WS2 8EQ
Tel: 01922 721153    E-mail: leathermuseum@walsall.gov.uk

Discover the reason behind Walsall becoming the British leather goods capital.

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