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Arts and culture

Birmingham has a vibrant and diverse arts and culture scene. Whether exploring art from ancient times at a museum or discovering new artists at a local gallery or event, you are sure to find something that will spark creativity and bring a little magic to your life.

Birmingham Museum of Art

The Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the finest regional museums in the United States. It houses a wide-ranging collection of more than 27,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts. The collection represents an array of global cultures including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian and Native American. Some highlights of the museum include:

  • One of the Southeast’s finest and most comprehensive collections of Asian art

  • A remarkable Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from the late 13th century to the 1750s

  • A collection of 18th-century European decorative arts, which includes superior examples of English ceramics and French furniture

  • A world-renowned collection of Wedgwood, the largest outside of England 

Founded in 1951 and built in 1959, the 180,000-square-foot art museum is located in the heart of the city’s cultural district. Through educational programs, tours, and curated exhibitions, the museum sparks the creativity, imagination, and liveliness of Birmingham by connecting all its citizens to the experience, meaning, and joy of art. The BMA proudly offers admission free of charge.

Learn more about the Birmingham Museum of Art

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