Our venues

Venues:

Photo bmag

World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

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Photo thinktank

Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

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Photo aston

Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

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Photo blakesley

Discover a fine Tudor house and beautiful gardens just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Blakesley Road

Birmingham, B25 8RN

0121 348 8120

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Photo jewellery

A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

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Photo sarehole

A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.

Cole Bank Road

Birmingham, B13 0BD

0121 348 8160

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Photo soho

Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

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Photo weoley

The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160

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Sleepovers

Sleepovers are all night events for groups who want an alternative museum experience. Combining many aspects of our offer, they are an exciting and unique learning experience. 

A sleepover is a custom-made event and we will work with you to create your perfect night. In the past we have run events for Scouts wanting to complete their Astronomy badge as well as schools wanting to cover the Darwin 200 celebrations, but we can target any learning opportunities that you have. 

A typical sleepover includes: 

  • Workshops 
  • Time within the galleries
  • Planetarium show
  • Science show 
  • Visit to the shop

Who

Sleepovers are open to single large groups and at set occasions throughout the year for 3 - 5 smaller groups of 30. In order to run a sleepover, we need between 100 and 150 children plus their associated adults (at least one adult for every ten children). 

During your sleepover the core staff that you will interact with are our highly experienced Museum Enablers and Learning Officers. In general, these staff have DBS disclosures but our Child Protection Policy does not permit us to be left alone with any child at any time, as such we insist on at least one adult per ten children being present all of the time.

When

We offer sleepovers over the year on set dates, usually on Friday and Saturday nights.

A typical sleepover starts around 6pm in the evening, lights out around midnight and a wakeup call at 7am. We ask groups to be out of the museum for 9am to allow us to prepare the museum for opening at 10am. For a more detailed timetable download a typical itinerary (PDF).

Where

Sleepovers happen within Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, situated in Millennium point. Thinktank is secured from access and egress and we hire additional security to stay awake within the museum all night.

Sleeping takes place on the museum floor, in amongst the steam engines and other heritage exhibits. We can split genders by floor if you wish. Some of the lighting is emergency lighting that cannot be switched off, meaning that some areas are darker than others. We leave the exact sleeping arrangements up to you and your children, depending on how adventurous you are!

Cost

A sleepover costs £35 per head for children and adults, with one adult in ten going free. This cost includes all activities and breakfast bags. Dinner bags can be arranged for an additional cost of £6.30.

How to book

Choose a date from the list below and contact our bookings team with your initial enquiry on 0121 348 8001 or email bookings@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Prior to booking please read the sleepover terms and conditions (PDF).

Available sleepover dates 

2018

  • Fri 23rd or Sat 24th March 2018
  • Fri 27th or Sat 28th April 2018
  • Fri 18th or Sat 19th May 2018
  • Fri 8th or Sat 9th June 2018
  • Fri 22nd or Sat 23rd June 2018 - For x 3 groups of 30
  • Fri 20th or Sat 21st July 2018
  • Fri 17th or Sat 18th August 2018
  • Fri 7th or Sat 8th September 2018
  • Fri 21st or Sat 22nd September 2018
  • Fri 5th or Sat 6th October 2018