Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Arguably one of the most famous of Bristol attractions, the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery combines art of all kinds with historical artefacts, fossils and geology specimens. The Bristol art gallery on Level 2 has Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Victorian, Edwardian, modern French art and British paintings from famous artists throughout the centuries. Fine art aside, there are also ceramics, glass, furniture, silver and textiles dating from the 17th century to today. The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery hosts regular new exhibitions, so definitely check out the website and see what’s on!
The Royal West of England Academy
Founded in 1849, the Royal West of England Academy is the oldest art gallery in Bristol. Over 1,700 works of art are housed in this magnificent Grade II-listed building at the top of the Clifton Triangle. It has one of the finest collections of historic and contemporary British art, featuring works by RWA artists and academicians such as Elizabeth Blackadder, Bernard Dunstan, Mary Fedden and David Inshaw. If you’re an aspiring artist, the RWA also holds hands-on workshops, courses, lectures and tours. There’s also an excellent on-site café called Papadeli that serves delicious cakes and homemade sandwiches, tapas plates, and wines.