Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to reopen in April 2022


The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) has announced its partial reopening in April 2022, ahead of its goal of opening the doors to the Commonwealth Games which will take place in July next year.

Located inside an iconic Grade II * listed city center building, it is currently closed while electrical upgrades to Birmingham’s Council House complex take place.

From April 28, 2022, its Round Room, Industrial Gallery, Edwardian Tea Rooms, Bridge Gallery, Gallery 10 and BMAG Boutique will be open.

To mark the reopening, BMAG is handed over to the creatives of Birmingham.

While the rest of BMAG remains closed for works, it will host Birmingham Music Archive, Fierce Festival, Flatpack Projects, Kalaboration Arts and – in collaboration with Birmingham Museums – Don’t Settle in partnership with Beatfreeks.

BMAG said visitors can expect an “exquisite collision” of new exhibitions and live events inspired by the “This Is Birmingham” theme, as well as a space to participate and contribute.

Birmingham City Council’s essential electrical work program will run through 2023/4, and more than 36,000 items from Birmingham’s collections have been secured to prepare for the process.

In addition to the reopening events, a special exhibition will also be launched in the Gas Hall in May 2022, details of which have yet to be revealed.

The museum will reopen seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting April 28 next year.

BMAG is part of the Birmingham Museums Trust. Sara Wajid, its co-CEO, has joined the jury at the Museums + Heritage Awards this year.

Wajid and Zak Mensah, co-CEOs of Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “We’ve invited some of the city’s leading creative and arts organizations to bring the Round Hall and Industrial Gallery to life with dynamic new exhibits that feel much more immediate. We will be discussing themes like popular culture, identity and community and there will be a very warm welcome inviting everyone to join us. We are excited !


William E. Bennett