Join us after hours to experience the artworks in a truly special way. This special experience will bring together sight and scent through an intimate tour of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s world renowned collection.

Start your evening with a complimentary glass of prosecco before beginning your olfactory tour. 

Stopping off at a number of Pre-Raphaelite art works over the course of the tour, your guides, Odette and Victoria, will bring to life the world of the artists through scent. Experience historic perfumes and enjoy a unique chance to explore this exceptional collection after hours.

Tickets cost £16.50 per adult. Pre-booking essential.

Time slots available are: 6pm arrivals for 6:30pm tour and  7:30pm arrivals for 8pm tour. Tours last 1 hour. 

To book phone 0121 348 8038 or book online.

About the experts

Lizzie Ostrom is one of our most exciting commentators on all things scent. A lifelong perfume fan, in 2010 under the name Odette Toilette she began hosting events for people to play with their sense of smell, from sniffable history tours to recreations of ancient aromatic rituals, Japanese incense ceremonies and scent speakeasies uncovering illicit perfumes. She's worked with many museums, galleries and brands including the V&A, The National Gallery, The Royal Observatory Greenwich and The British Museum. In 2015 she was on the team creating Tate Sensorium from creative studio Flying Object, which invited visitors to experience artworks with all their senses. Her first book, Perfume: A Century of Scents, is out now with Hutchinson.

Victoria Osborne is Curator (Fine Art) for Birmingham Museums Trust, with responsibility for the city of Birmingham’s collections of paintings, sculpture and works on paper pre-1900. She has a specialist interest in 19th-century British drawings and watercolours, and since 2012 has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Since joining the curatorial team in 2001, she has been the in-house curator for several major loan exhibitions of 19th-century British art. These have included Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites (with Colin Cruise, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Villa Stuck, Munich, 2005), Sun, Wind and Rain: The Art of David Cox (with Scott Wilcox, Yale Center for British Art and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 2008-9), The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours (with Colin Cruise, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011) and most recently Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of E.R Hughes (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2015-16).

  • Medea  by Frederick Sandys
  • Lizzie Ostrom / Odette Toilette tour at Tate