Second Floor

There’s so much to explore on the Second Floor of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. From stunning paintings to one of the best collections of Chinese glass outside of Asia, we’re sure you’ll find something you love.

Please be aware that due to refurbishment works, Gallery 4 is closed to the public, opening again in early 2015 with a display called The Age of Enlightenment – a newly hung and interpreted gallery of (mainly) European paintings from the 18th century.

On the Second Floor there is:

  • French Art – paintings by French artists, including work by Lucien Pissarro
  • European Art – Old Master Italian and Dutch paintings (with a huge painting of Noah’s Ark by Dutch artist Jan Griffier the Elder)
  • Victorian Art (Places of Desire) – featuring highlights from our collections of Victorian and Edwardian eras from the 1840s to the 1920s
  • Eastern Art – a stunning array of ceramics, carvings and glass from China and Japan
  • Pottery, ceramics and glass – exquisite craftsmanship and design. British and European collections are displayed alongside locally made wares, including Bristol Delftware and Bristol Blue Glass
  • Silver – a glittering display against a backdrop of paintings by the Bristol School of Artists
  • Exhibition Gallery 2 – keep an eye on what’s on to see what’s showing.


Find out what you can see on the Ground Floor.

Find out what you can see on the First Floor.