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Our first collections were brought together more than 200 years ago and we’ve been adding to them ever since.

From art to archaeology, history to industry, the natural and the wider world, they are amongst the UK’s finest with many recognised as nationally and internationally important. They can be seen on display across all our museums, in our stores or on our online collections search.

Here you can find out more about Bristol Museums’ collections – explore stories, read blog posts and see what’s on.

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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.

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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.

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Toy Appeal: What do you have hiding in your attic?

With a touch of festive time travel, do you remember what you once hoped to find under the tree on Christmas morning? Were you dreaming of Lego, Scalextric, or the Millennium Falcon? Or was it Andy Pandy, The Muppets, or Care Bears?

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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.

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Virginia Woolf found in museum basement

One of our cataloguers recently found a booklet printed for the Fry memorial exhibition held at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in 1935 which contains the text of the exhibition’s opening speech written and delivered by Virginia Woolf.

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What inspires our curators?

From Monday 23 to Sunday 29 March 2015 it’s #MuseumWeek over on Twitter. So far this week museums and visitors have been sharing tantalising snippets and intriguing information about what goes on behind the scenes in cultural organisations across the gl…

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Moved by Conflict stories

So many visitors to the Moved by Conflict exhibition at M Shed (11 October 2014 – 1 March 2015) told us how much they were moved by the stories of Bristol people and how they were affected during the First World War.