List of museums in the West Midlands

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This list of museums in the West Midlands, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.


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Name Image Town/City Region Type Summary
Aston Hall Aston Hall.jpg Aston Birmingham Historic house 17th century Jacobean-style mansion with period rooms featuring furniture, paintings, textiles and metalwork from the collections of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Aston Manor Road Transport Museum Aston Birmingham Transport Closed, pending relocation
Avery Historical Museum Smethwick Sandwell Industry website, collection of weighing machines and artefacts, located at the Avery Weigh-Tronix headquarters
Bantock House Museum and Park Bantock House Exterior2.jpg Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Historic house 18th-century house, ground floor furnished to reflect the Edwardian era, upper floor displays of important local people, industries, decorative arts, two Victorian period rooms, gardens
Barber Institute of Fine Arts BirminghamBarberInstitute.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Art Art gallery and concert hall, collection includes British art, French impressionism and post-impressionism, sculpture, portrait miniatures, decorative arts, coins, part of the University of Birmingham
Berkswell Museum Berkswell Solihull Local website, local history
Bilston Craft Gallery Bilston Craft Gallery Front.jpg Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Art Contemporary crafts and decorative arts
Birmingham Back to Backs Birmingham back-to-backs.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Historic house Operated by the National Trust, city's last surviving court of back-to-back houses, reflects life from the 1840s to 1970s
Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Military Site for testing small arms and ammunition, features a museum with small arms and ammunition and the history of their development, open by appointment
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery BirminghamBMAG.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Multiple Art, local history, decorative arts, archaeology, coins, costumes, ceramics
Bishop Asbury Cottage Bishop Asbury Cottage, Newton Road, Grove Vale, West Bromwich.jpg Great Barr Sandwell Historic house 18th century period cottage, boyhood home of Francis Asbury, the first American Methodist Bishop
Black Country Living Museum Blackcountrystreet.jpg Dudley Dudley Living Recreated 19th and early 20th century industrial village with historic buildings moved from other sites, includes trams and other transport vehicles, fun fair, historic shops and industry displays
Blakesley Hall Blakesley Hall.jpg Yardley Birmingham Historic house Late 16th century Tudor timber-framed farmhouse, branch museum of the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Broadfield House Glass Museum Broadfield House Front.jpg Kingswinford Dudley Art Historic and contemporary glass
Cadbury World Cadbury World sign, Bournville.JPG Birmingham Birmingham Food History of chocolate and the Cadbury confectionery company
Centre of the Earth The Centre of the Earth.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Natural history Nature centre used for environmental education
Coventry Watch Museum Coventry Coventry Horology website, planned museum about watches and watch-making, currently provide exhibitions
Coventry Transport Museum Coventry Transport Museum.jpg Coventry Coventry Transportation British-made road transport including cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles
The Drum The Drum, Potters Lane, Newton (Aston), Birmingham.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Art Arts centre for Black British and British Asian arts
Dudley Museum and Art Gallery Dudley Museum Exterior.jpg Dudley Dudley Multiple Geology, fossils and dinosaurs, local history, culture, Saxons and Vikings, fine art, decorative arts
Earlswood Village Museum Earlswood Solihull Local website, local history
Haden Hill House Haden Hill House Front.jpg Cradley Heath Sandwell Historic house Victorian gentleman's house furnished in period style
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum The Herbert extension - geograph.org.uk - 866158.jpg Coventry Coventry Multiple Art, local history, culture, natural history, city's medieval, Victorian and modern history
Ikon Gallery IkonGallery.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Art Contemporary art
International Project Space Bournville Birmingham Art Contemporary art gallery, part of the Bournville Centre for Visual Arts
Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Museum Coventry Coventry Automotive website, historic Jaguar cars and racing cars
The Lace Guild

Lace Guild Museum, view of display cabinets, March 2013.jpg

Stourbridge Stourbridge Textiles Historic and contemporary lace and lace-related artefacts
Lapworth Museum of Geology Lapworth Museum.jpg Edgbaston Birmingham Natural history Fossils, minerals, rocks, operated by the University of Birmingham
Locksmith's House The Locksmiths House - geograph.org.uk - 912482.jpg Walsall Willenhall Locks Dedicated to a lock-making family and locally made locks
mac Midlands Art Centre - Cannon Hill Park.jpg Edgbaston Birmingham Art Theatre, Cinema, Cafe and Public Space with Exhibit Gallery
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter Birmingham Birmingham Historic site Historic jewellery-making factory, branch museum of the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
National Motorcycle Museum UK Motorcycle Museum1.jpg Bickenhill Solihull Transportation British motorcycles
New Art Gallery Walsall Walsall art gallery.jpg Walsall Walsall Art Collections include sculptures and paintings by modern masters including a large selection of work by Jacob Epstein
New Hall Mill New Hall Mill, Sutton Coldfield - geograph.org.uk - 1650343.jpg Walmley Birmingham Mill website, 18th century watermill, located in New Hall Valley Country Park
Oak House Oakhouse.jpg West Bromwich Sandwell Historic house Late 16th century half-timbered Yeoman's farmhouse with Tudor and Jacobean furniture
The Pen Museum Argent Centre.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Industry History of the pen making industry in Birmingham including the companies, different kinds of pens, early typewriters and Braille machines, writing in general
Periscope Edgbaston Birmingham Art Artist-run contemporary art gallery and event space
Priory Visitor Centre Coventry Coventry Archaeology website, artifacts and history of St Mary's Priory
Red House Cone Redhouseglasscone.jpg Wordsley Dudley Art Former glassworks, exhibits of historic and contemporary glass, glass-making workshops
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Art Gallery exhibits of members' works
Sarehole Mill Sarehole Mill.jpg Hall Green Birmingham Mill 18th century water mill used for grinding corn and later producing metal, includes 19th century bakehouse, exhibits on local resident J. R. R. Tolkien, branch museum of the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Selly Manor Selly Manor - geograph.org.uk - 317952.jpg Bournville Birmingham Historic Two Tudor period timber-framed houses
Soho House Sohohouse1.JPG Handsworth Birmingham Historic house Late 18th century period Georgian home of industrialist Matthew Boulton, branch museum of the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Solihull Gallery Solihull Solihull Art website
Thinktank Thinktank Birmingham.tif Birmingham Birmingham Science Themes include future technology, innovation, space travel, current technology and scientific understanding on everyday life, natural history, biology, city's industrial and transportation history
Tipton Community Heritage Centre Tipton Sandwell Local website, located in the town library, local history, industry, canals, social history
Tyseley Locomotive Works GWR 4073 Class 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.jpg Birmingham Birmingham Railway Railway depot, workshops, engines and artefacts, viewing on open days
VIVID Birmingham Birmingham Art Gallery for media arts
Walsall Leather Museum Walsall Leather Museum Workshop.jpg Walsall Walsall Industry Former Victorian leather factory, history of the local leather and saddle-making trades
Walsall Museum Walsall Museum Exterior.jpg Walsall Walsall Local Local history, industry
Warwick Arts Centre Coventry Coventry Art Multi-venue arts complex at the University of Warwick, events in contemporary and classical music, drama, dance, comedy, films and visual art
Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery 2003 Stuck in Wednesbury (2).jpg Wednesbury Sandwell Multiple Fine art, decorative arts including Ruskin Pottery, toys and games, local history
West Midlands Police Museum Sparkhill Police Station - 2014-03-11 - Andy Mabbett - 02.JPG Sparkhill Birmingham Law enforcement Uniforms, vehicles, photographs, badges, whistles, memorabilia, history of police work in the region
Wightwick Manor Wightwick Manor 02.jpg Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Historic house Operated by the National Trust, Victorian period manor with Arts & Crafts interiors and Pre-Raphaelite art
Wolverhampton Art Gallery Wolverhampton Art Gallery.jpg Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Art Collection includes fine art and decorative arts from the Georgian and Victorian eras, Pop Art, works from Northern Ireland, Asian decorative arts

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  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/coventry_warwickshire/7291402.stm City farm shuts after cash crisis , BBC News, March 12, 2008
  2. ^ http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2010/05/05/former-coventry-toy-museum-could-be-restored-after-arson-attack-92746-26381118/ "Former Coventry Toy Museum could be restored after arson attack" , Coventry Telegraph, May 5, 2010