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Avery Historical Museum
Avery-Berkel
Foundry Lane, Smethwick
West Midlands, B66 2LP

Open all year. Closed 12 Apr, 27, 28 Dec.

Admission is Free!

Tel: 0121 558 1112


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Bantock House Museum and Park
Finchfield Road
Wolverhampton
West Midlands, WV3 9LQ

Bantock House and Park, Wolverhampton A Grade II listed family home of the Bantock family, Wolverhampton merchants. Filled with lots of things to see and do. Restored to its Edwardian splendour - truly a hidden treasure!

Open: Nov - Mar, Tue - Sun, 12.00 - 16.00
Apr - Oct, Tue - Sun, 11.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free!

Fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.

Out in the park, visitors can appreciate the changing seasons in the restored gardens. There is also a nature trail, picnic area, children's playground, pitch and putt and outdoor cafe seating area.

From M5, M6 & M54 follow signs for Wolverhampton. Bantock House is signposted from city. Bantock House is located approximately one mile (and a bit) from Wolverhampton city centre.

Bus route 513 or 543 from city centre.

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Tel: 01902 552 195
Fax: 01902 552 196


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Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgebaston, Birmingham
West Midlands, B15 2TS

Open all year, Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00, Sun, 12.00- 17.00
Closed 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan

Admission is Free!

Tel: 0121 4147333
Fax: 0121 4143370


Berkswell Village Museum
Lavender Hall Lane
Berkswell, Coventry
West Midlands, CV7 7BL

Open 11,12 Apr, 2 MAy-3 Oct, Sun,
Bank Holiday Mon, 14.00 -1800

Admission is Free!

Tel: 01676 533242


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Bilston Craft Gallery
Mount Pleasant
Bilston, Wolverhampton
West Midlands, WV14 7LU

Open all year, Tue - Fri, 10.00 - 16.00, Sat, 11.00 - 16.00.
Closed 9-13 Apr, Mon, Sun, Bank Holidays.

Admission is Free!

Tel: 01902 552507
Fax: 01902 552504


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham
West Midlands, B3 3DH

Open Mon -Thu, Sat, 10.00 - 17.00, Fri, 10.30 - 17.00,
Sun, 1230- 17.00. Closed 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan

Admission is Free!

Tel: 0121 303 2834


Broadfield House Glass Museum
Compton Drive, Kingswinford
West Midlands, DY6 9NS

Situated in the historic glass quarter, Broadfield House celebrates the art of glass making. The Museum has a magnificent collection of British glass, much of it made locally, dating from the 17th century up to the present day.

Craft activities for children during school holidays.

The Museum combines the old with the new: a beautiful late Georgian house with an award winning modern extension.

Open: Tue to Sun 12.00 to 16.00
Closed Mon and Bank Holidays

Admission to the Museum is Free

Tel: 01384 812 745
Fax: 01384 812 746
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Coventry Transport Museum
Hales Street, Coventry
West Midlands, CV1 1PN

Coventry Transport MuseumOne of the best Free Entry museums we have visited!

From bone-rattling bicycles to world speed historic vehicles. See the 'Back to the future' Delorian car.

Great facilities for children's activities.

A great journey through time and a look into the future too.

Open all year, daily, 10.00 to 17.00. Closed 24 to 26 December

You could spend the whole day here - It's a great family day out!

Admission is Free!

Tel: 024 7683 2425
Fax: 024 7683 2465


Dudley Museum and Art Gallery
St James' Road, Dudley
West Midlands, Dy1 1HU

Dudley Museum and Art Gallery has fine art and geological collections

Admission is Free!

Tel: 01384 815 575
Fax: 01384 815 576


Earlswood Village Museum
Shutt Lane
Earlswood, Solihull
West Midlands, B91

Open Mar - Sep, 1st Sat in the month, 14.30 - 16.30.

Admission is Free!


Galton Valley Canal Heritage Centre
Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick
West Midlands, B66 1AP

Adjacent to both the Birmingham New and Old Main Lines, the Galton Valley Canal Heritage Museum in Smethwick is ideally place to explore the local canals and their history.

As well as the museum building on Brasshouse Lane they also look after the New Smethwick Pumping Station and the original site of the famous Smethwick Engine (now housed in Birmingham Museum, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham).

It is Free to visit the museum and if you would like to visit the New Smethwick Pumping Station or the Smethwick Engine Site please speak to a member of staff to arrange a time.

Open all year, daily, dawn-dusk. Closed 25, 26 Dec.

Tel: 0121 558 8195


Herbert Art Gallery and Museum,
Jordan Well, Coventry
West Midlands, CV1 5QP

Open all year, Mon - Sat, 10.00 -1730, Sun, 12.00 - 17.00.

Admission is Free!

Tel: 024 7683 2565
Fax: 024 7683 2410


Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Square, Brindley Place
Birmingham B1 2HS

The Ikon Gallery is housed in the neo-gothic Oozells Street School

The Ikon Gallery is housed in the neo-gothic Oozells Street SchoolThe Ikon Gallery, Birmingham features temporary exhibitions over two floors totalling 450m². A variety of media is represented, including sound, film, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and installation.

Admission to Ikon Gallery is Free - MAP

Opening times
Tue - Sun 11.00 - 18.00
Closed Mon except Bank Holidays.
Closed during installation of exhibitions

Tel. 0121 248 0708 Fax. 0121 248 0709
Email. art@ikon-gallery.co.uk

Ikon is a limited company registered as an educational charity. Ikon receives core funding from Arts Council England West Midlands and Birmingham City Council and raises additional income from a variety of sources, including charitable trusts, foundations and corporate sponsorship.


Jerome K Jerome Birthplace Museum
Belsize House,
Bradford Street, Walsall
West Midlands, WS1 1PN

Open Sat 12.00 - 14.00.
Closed Sat 10 Apr, 25 Dec, 1 Jan

Admission is Free!

Tel: 01922 653116


Lapworth Museum of Geology
Earth Sciences
The University of Birmingham,
Edgebaston, Birmingham
West Midlands, B15 2TT

Open 5 Jan-22 Dec, Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.00;
Sat, Sun 14.00 - 17.00.
Closed 9 Apr - 14 Apr; 23 Dec - 4 Jan 05

Admission is Free!

Tel: 0121 414 7294
Fax: 0121 414 4942


New Hall Mill, Off Wylde Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, Nr Birmingham, West Midlands B76 1QU

New Hall Mill is an 18th century watermill situated on Plants Brook, 1.5 miles south of Sutton Coldfield off the B4148

OS Grid: SP 132945

The watermill has an overshot waterwheel that drives two pairs of millstones. There is an exhibition area, tearoom and sales area. The grounds include a nature trail and Miller's garden.

Open: May to Sept, 2nd Sun only each month. 10.00 - 16.00

Free Entry (donations welcome).

No coach parking.

Tel: 0121 378 4901

Web: www.newhallmill.org.uk


Parkridge Centre
Brueton Park, Solihull

Opened in 2002 by Prof. David Bellamy. Contains displays, hands-on activities and information about the local environment.

Open daily 09.30 - 17.00 except Christmas day.


Phoenix Park
Dudley Road, Blakenhall
Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV2 3JU

Opening times: Dawn to dusk

Visitors to the park can enjoy a variety of attractions:
A sensory garden, Children's play area, Seated ampitheatre, Two ball courts, Lighting, Shelters with integrated radio, Network of paths, Outdoor fitness equipment, Playing fields, Horticultural improvements, Wildflower meadow areas, Lavender maze, Revamped entrance area, signage, Car park , Toilet, Parks clock, Play facilities for all ages, BMX track through the woods, Woodland area

These have improved visitor numbers - use of parks facilities, increased nature ranger-led events, community use of the park - including Walking for Health etc.

For more information about the park, please call 01902 551155 or e-mail


The Oak House Museum,
Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ

Oak House in West Bromwich is a delightful half timbered yeoman's house built around 1590. Furnished with Tudor and Jacobean furniture and has some extremely fine 17th century wall panelling. You will also find an array of replica items which really make the house come alive.

Oak House dates back to the 16th century, with brick extensions from the mid 17th century. It is one of the finest timber framed buildings in the Midlands, and is a remarkable survival in a region transformed by industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. MAP

Oak House hosts a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year for all the family to enjoy. We have school holiday activities as well as a lively schools programme.

Free Entry

Tel: 0121 553 0759


The Red House Glass Cone
High Street
Wordsley, Stourbridge
West Midlands DY8 4AZ

There is a self guided tour through the old glassworks which includes some underground passages and tunnels which have not previously been open to the public. There is a spiral staircase that allows you to walk up through the core of the glass furnace onto the viewing platform. Here visitors can see the scale and enormity of this amazing structure.

Opening Hours:
Summer Season (Apr - Oct)
Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00
Sun, 10.00 - 16.00

Winter Season (Nov - Mar)
Mon - Sun, 10.00 - 16.00

Free Entry

Tel: 01384 812750
Fax: 01384 812751


The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery
4 Brook Street, St. Paul's Square,
Birmingham B3 1SA

The RBSA is an artist-led charity, which supports artists and promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of inclusive activities: exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and other events.

The RBSA Gallery is owned by the Society, making it one of a rare few galleries to be owned by artists and run for artists. It has a changing programme of exhibitions on two floors and on the ground floor café and craft wall spaces. The ground floor also houses the RBSA Craft Gallery, which has established a reputation as the place to find exciting and unique handmade jewellery.

Entrance is Free.
Opening Times:
Mon to Fri 10.30 - 17.30
Sat 10.30 - 17.00 / Sun 13.00 - 17.00

Website: www.rbsa.org.uk
Tel: 0121 236 4353
Email: rbsagallery@rbsa.org.uk


Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B13 0BD

On the 'Tolkein Trail' Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving watermills in Birmingham. You can explore the 200-year-old mill and courtyard and the nearby Shire Country Park.

With 'Milling Days' the last Sun of the month.

Admission is Free

Open from 31st Mar to 28th Oct
Tue to Sun 1130 - 16.00
Closed Mon except Bank Holidays

OS Grid: SP 099819

MAP

Tel: 0121 777 6612

Web: www.bmag.org.uk


Solihull Arts Complex
Homer Road, Solihull
West Midlands B91 3RG

Solihull Arts Complex runs a programme of art exhibitions throughout the year in its G1 and G2 galleries.

Gallery opening hours:
Mon and Thur 09.00 to 20.00
Tue and Fri 09.00 to 18.00
Wed 10.00 to 18.00
Sat 09.00 to 17.00
Closed Sunday

Admission to the galleries is free.

Tel: Box office 0121 704 6962

Visit www.SolihullArtsComplex.co.uk



Walsall Leather Museum
Littleton Street, West Walsall
West Midlands, WS2 8EQ

The Museum tells the story of how Walsall became the capital of Britain's leather goods trade.

Open all year: Tue - Sat 10.00 - 17.00
Sun 12.00 - 17.00
Nov - Mar closes at 1600
Closed Mon

Admission is Free!

Tel: 01922 721 153
Fax: 01922 725 827


Walsall Museum
Central Library & Museum
Lichfield Street, Walsall
West Midlands, WS1 1TR

Walsall Museum has recently received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a new permanent exhibition devoted to the history of Walsall.

Open all year, Tue - Fri 10.00 - 17.00, Sat 10.00 - 16.00.
Closed 9-12 Apr, 24-28 Dec, 1 Jan

Admission is Free!

Tel: 01922 653116
Fax: 01922 632824


Wednesbury Art Gallery and Museum
Holyhead Road, Wednesbury
West Midlands, WS10 7DF

Open all year, Mon - Wed, 10.00 - 17.00,
Thu, Sat, 10.00 - 13.00,
Fri, 10.00 - 17.00.
Closed 25 Dec-1 Jan.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Admission is Free!

Tel: 0121 556 0683
Fax: 0121 505 1625


Willenhall Museum and Library
Walsall Street, Willenhall
West Midlands, WV13 2EX

Open all year, Mon 10.00 - 19.00, Tues, Fri 09.30 - 17.00,
Thur 09.30 - 19.00, Sat 09.30 - 16.00,
Closed Wed. Closed 9-12 Apr, 24-28 Dec, 1 Jan.

Admission is Free!

Tel: 01902 366513


Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Lichfield Street
Wolverhampton WV1 1DU

Wolverhampton Art GalleryMAP - Free Entry

Features an interesting mix of changing displays of art by local artists and artefacts that have shaped Wolverhampton.

Opening Times: The Gallery is open Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00. Closed Bank Holidays.

For Christmas opening times please call the Art Gallery on 01902 552055.

Wolverhampton is well served with bus, train and tram links to Birmingham and other towns in the West Midlands.

The Art Gallery is situated in the centre of Wolverhampton, 5 minutes walk from the bus, train and metro stations.

If you are coming by car, follow the signs for Wolverhampton from the M5, M6 and M54, Wolverhampton Art Gallery is signposted off the city ring road. There are several car parks nearby.



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Below this line, in the grey area, we are adding alternative days out to the Free listings that DoFreeStuff is renowned for. This is to help you plan your family days out. The attractions listed below make a charge for admission!



Birmingham & Midland Museum of Transport, Birmingham

Birmingham Railway Museum, Birmingham

Black Country Living Museum, Dudley


Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bourneville, Birmingham, B30 2LU

Cadbury World, located in Birmingham is a chocolate paradise for chocolate lovers of all ages. If you're a chocoholic, this attraction will keep you coming back for more! The new, high-tech area of Cadbury World is The Purple Planet. In this interactive exhibition guests can grow virtual Ghanaian cocoa beans, chase Cadbury's creme eggs across an interactive floor, and shower themselves in chocolate rain - a dream for any chocoholic! Book tickets HERE now!


Cathedral Church of St Philip (The), Birmingham

Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

Coventry Toy Museum, Coventry

Lock Museum (The), Willenhall

Midland Air Museum, Coventry


Museum of the Jewellery Quarter,
75-79 Vyse Street
Hockley, Birmingham
West Midlands, B18 6HA

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter - Factory Guided Tour

The museum is open all year round, but entrance to the factory is by guided tour only (Allow 1 hour for the tour).

Admission Chargeable

In 1981 Smith & Pepper jewellery manufacturers ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations.

Tools were left on benches; overalls hung on coat hooks; and teacups alongside jars of Marmite and jam on the shelf! Even the décor had more in common with early 20th century trends than a thriving business in the early 1980s.

Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage.

With live demonstrations of traditional jewellery-making skills, experience of what it was like to work in this noisy and busy workshop.

Opening Times:
Tue to Sat 10.30 - 16.00
Closed Sun and Mon
Open Bank Holiday Mon

Tel: 0121 554 3598
Fax: 0121 554 9700


National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull

National Sealife Centre, Birmingham

Patrick Motor Museum, Birmingham


The Pen Museum, Jewellery Quarter, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS

The Pen Museum - The Pen Room, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HSThe Pen Museum is situated in a former pen factory, now a Grade II Listed Building, demonstrating through a wide range of displays demonstrations and activities the fact that Birmingham was the centre of the world pen trade employing thousands of people. During the 19th Century over 100 companies grew up in the area. Towards the end of the century the number of manufacturers had been reduced to 12 main companies.

CHARGES APPLY

Open Mon to Sat 11.00 - 16.00 and Sun 13.00 - 16.00

Website - Tel: 0121 236 9834 - Charity No.1064945


Thinktank-Birmingham's Museum of Science and Discovery, Birmingham

Vintage Trains, Birmingham

West Midlands Police Museum, Birmingham

Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton

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