Vast and impressive, this museum holds a magnificent collection of Victorian art and is known internationally for its works by the Pre-Raphaelites. All the big names are here—among them Rubens, Renoir, Constable, and Francis Bacon—reflecting the enormous wealth of 19th-century Birmingham and the aesthetic taste of its industrialists. Galleries of metalwork, silver, and ceramics reveal some of the city's history, and works from the Renaissance, the Arts and Crafts movement,
and the present day are also well represented. Also on view is part of the incredible Staffordshire Hoard, the greatest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered. Items on display from the 3,500-strong haul, which was unearthed in a field 16 miles north of Birmingham in 2009, include helmets, gold, jewelry, and metalwork. At this writing, two of the museum galleries were being transformed into a new, permanent home for the hoard; it is expected to open at the end of 2014.