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.

You can explore three of the art galleries using the interactive 360 photo below.

Enlarge the screen using the button top right for the best view.

On the Second Floor there is:

French Art

Paintings by French artists, including work by Lucien Pissarro.

European Old Masters

Old Master Italian and Dutch paintings – prestigious works by Lucas Cranach, Giovanni Bellini, Jacob van Ruisdael and others. Bring your own device and during your visit you can access further label information here.

See this gallery on our exhibitions online

British and European Art (The Age of Enlightenment and the Birth of Romanticism)

Paintings from the 18th and early 19th century, featuring work from Philip James de Loutherbourg, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable.

Modern and Contemporary Art (Space is a place)

Including Modernist work by Victor Pasmore, abstract painting by Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Howard Hodgkin and Tala Madani, Land art, photography and video.

Victorian Art (Places of Desire)

Featuring highlights from our collections of Victorian and Edwardian eras from the 1840s to the 1920s.

The Victorian Art (Places of Desire) and Modern and Contemporary Art (Space is a Place) galleries will be closed to the public on Friday 9 February 2024 to allow us to re-hang some of the artworks. The Garden Court by Edward Burne-Jones, Louisa Ruth Herbert by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Love and Death by George Frederic Watts are going on temporary loan and we’re taking the opportunity to show some other works from our collection. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

The exciting new re-display of our Delftware collection is now ready for viewing.


A glittering display against a backdrop of paintings by the Bristol School of Artists.

Exhibition Gallery 3

Keep an eye on what’s on to see what’s showing.


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