A gallery uncovering the fascinating story of the Staffordshire Hoard is open at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
In this exciting 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.
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Staffordshire Hoard books and gifts are available on the Birmingham Museums online shop.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10.30am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm
General admission to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is free.
Birmingham Museums Trust is a registered charity and donations are always welcomed. Donate on the Just Giving website.
When planning a visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery please be aware that the Paradise area, located opposite the Museum, is currently undergoing a major redevelopment and this may affect your journey to the Museum. For up to date information on the access routes to the area visit the Paradise website.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham. Only minutes from the Bullring and Birmingham Grand Central, the nearest motorways are the M6, M5 and M42.
The closest car park is Town Hall Car Park which is 5 minutes walk from the museum, it is operated by Birmingham City Council (charges apply). For google maps and Sat Nav use postcode B1 1TA. Upon parking and leaving the car park, turn right once exiting on Brunel Street, left on Navigation Street and take the first left again up Hill Street, continuing to Chamberlain Square and the main entrance ahead of you.
Blue Badge parking can be found on Margaret Street and Edmund Street which are in close proximity to our Edmund Street lift entrance.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham and within short walking distance of Colmore Row where a number of city centre buses terminate. The closest bus stops to the museum are for buses 9, X10, 82, 87, 89, 120, 127 and 128. Bus services are operated by National Express West Midlands.
The Midland Metro tram runs from Wolverhampton to Birmingham Grand Central/Birmingham New Street Station every 8-15 minutes, 7 days per week. The closest tram stops are Grand Central (6 minute walk up a slight hill), St Chad's and Bull Street (both an 8 minute fairly flat walk away). Tram services are operated by Midland Metro National Express.
The nearest train station is Snow Hill station (less than 10 minutes walk away). Turn right upon leaving Snow Hill Station onto Colmore Row. Walk down Colmore Row until you arrive at Victoria Square. Turn right at the end of the Council House building and the main entrance to the museum will be on your right hand side.
New Street station (less than 10 minutes walk away). Due to the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station, changes have been made to the entrance/exit points. From New Street Station exit walk up Lower Temple Street and turn left onto New Street. Walk down New Street until you arrive at Victoria Square. The main entrance to the museum will be on your right hand side opposite the Town Hall.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located within Chamberlain square in the City Centre of Birmingham. For google maps and Sat Nav use postcode B3 3DH. Bike racks are located underneath the bridge to the left of the main entrance.