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You could visit any city in England and only visit museums and keep yourself busy for the duration of your trip. Visiting Birmingham provides ample opportunities to keep your museum passion alive.
In Birmingham, you can choose from a variety of museums. Here are a few suggestions:
*Saint Nicolas Place based in the Kings Norton area of Birmingham. 0121 458 1223. 81 The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8RUSaint Nicolas Place is Birmingham’s largest collection of Medieval and Tudor buildings. These two historically and architecturally significant Grade II* listed buildings are set in the midst of Birmingham's urban sprawl.
*Aston Hall, located on Trinity Road, Aston, is a mansion built sometime between 1618 and 1635 for Sir Thomas Holte. It now features a series of period rooms where you can enjoy paintings, textiles, artwork and other original features of the home and time period. It offers free admission and is open April through October from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is located at the University of Birmingham. It also offers free admission and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. This museum features a small exhibit of art, but is considered one of the finest small collections in the UK. The permanent collection includes paintings, sculpture and drawings and features such famous artists as Botticelli, Rodin, Monet, Picasso and Matisse.
*The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery features collections honoring the last 400,000 years of history. It’s located on Chamberlain Square and it also offers free admission.
A little known but very interesting museum is the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. As with most Birmingham Museums entry is free. The terraced house was at one time an actual manufacturing jewellers giving one an understanding of the difficulties of producing all those intricate pieces. A real treasure in the city to be found in Vyse Street along with a huge number of shops selling jewelry.