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New acquisition: Portrait of Tachaco by Nocona Burgess

by Alex Rankin, Senior Visitor Assistant In January, the museum purchased a painting by Nocona Burgess, a Native American artist. Burgess, who is a member of the Comanche Nation of Native Americans, caught the attention of museum curators after a solo …

Conserving Bristol’s Fine Art displays

Work is well underway refurbishing the Old Masters gallery by taking down the old damask wall covering and giving it a new coat of paint, as well as repairing the ceiling and dealing with various other challenges that old buildings present.

Mothers in our collection

To celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday 6 March, we thought we’d have a look around our collection for where ‘mothers’ might appear. Here are just a few we wanted to share with you…

Transforming Bristol’s Fine Art displays

The challenge continues! We’re transforming Bristol’s Fine Art displays – the Old Masters gallery at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is now closed for refurbishment, reopening in May 2016.

The lost lioness returns!

Whilst rummaging through the natural history stores hidden below Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, we came across a lion skull from the research collection which had an interesting old label, handwritten in copperplate script.

11 Angels from our Collection

On Friday 11 December we’ll be getting into the festive spirit with The National Gallery’s #AngelTrail.

Burne-Jones’ sleeping beauties

Update, 13 November 2015: This beautiful painting is now back on display in the Victorian and Edwardian Gallery (Second Floor) for the first time in 18 years. Below you can read about its restoration. Shhh! We’ve been tip-toeing around Bristol…

The beautiful Broughton Herbarium is now online

The Broughton Herbarium is a collection of beautiful pressed plants from Bristol and Jamaica collected by Dr Arthur Broughton (1758–1796), a local physician in the 18th century.