Staffordshire Hoard at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

A new gallery uncovering the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard is now open at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

In this exciting new gallery, principally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors can learn more about this incredible treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the ongoing conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today.

Hundreds of pieces from the Hoard are on show, along with hands-on displays exploring how these intriguing items were used, before they were buried some 1400 years ago. Visitors can find out about the exquisite craftsmanship used to create the items in the hoard, and learn how the designs of the objects can be linked to many regions across Europe.

Younger visitors can get to grips with microscopes and see some of the unusual tools that a conservator uses while working with these precious objects. In addition, visitors can peek into Anglo-Saxon England in the ‘Mead Hall’ showing how a 7th-century Lord and his warriors once lived. Through traditional games, dressing up and story telling, young visitors will get a true feel of what it was like to live in this war-like time.

Due to conservation work, research work and occasional photography and filming days we cannot guarantee which objects will be on display in the gallery. If you would like to check before your visit please phone: 0121 348 8007 or email: BMAG.Enquiries@birminghammuseums.org.uk

How to book your ticket

Entrance to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is free, but donations are welcome.

Exclusive tours

Call +44 (0)121 348 8007 to book guided, group and school tours.

Visitor information

Disabled Access

  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is continually improving their services for people with disabilities.
  • There is a lift at the Gas Hall entrance on Edmund Street. This lift is to all floors of the museum and is the best entrance for exhibitions in the Gas Hall.
  • There is also a lift to all floors at the Great Charles Street Entrance. This lift can be found in the Learning Zone.
  • On entering the Great Charles Street Entrance turn left into the Learning Zone and down the ramp.
  • View street map which shows lift entrances.
  • Wheelchairs are available for use within the museum.
  • There are accessible toilets in the museum.
  • Induction loops are located in the vestibule at the top of the main entrance staircase and in the Gas Hall reception.

Baby Care

  • Baby care facilities are available.

Language Line

  • Visitors can communicate in their own language to ask questions or receive information.
  • Staff will phone the Language Line and visitors will be asked to speak to a linguist.
  • The linguist will be able to act as an interpreter between the visitor and staff member.
  • Language Line has an extensive network of linguists who can translate up to 150 languages.
  • Download a language identifier.

Getting here and parking

  • View the location on a Google map.
  • This map also shows the lift entrances and the Gas Hall and Waterhall entrances.
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is accessible via almost every major bus route in the city and is within a short walking distance from New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street railway stations.
  • There is also a light railway that runs from Wolverhampton to Snow Hill.
  • For local travel information please consult the Journey Planner on the Traveline website.
  • There is no car park at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, but car parks and pay and display on street parking can be found close by.
  • Parking bays for Blue Badge Holders can be found on Margaret Street, Edmund Street and Newhall Street.
  • Download a city centre parking map for Blue Badge Holders.
  • Download a city centre parking leaflet.

What else to see and do

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