Our venues


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World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

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

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

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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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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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A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

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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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Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

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

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160


There are variety of planetarium shows throughout the day. Planetarium shows are £1.50 per person in addition to the Thinktank admission price. Tickets can be booked and purchased at the ticket desk on arrival.

Thinktank Museum and  Planetarium will be closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2016

Polaris, the space submarine and the mystery of the polar night

10.50am, 12noon, 3pm

Join Vladimir the polar bear and James the travelling penguin at the North Pole, as they try to understand why their respective homes have such long winters. Using Vladimir's excellent do-it-yourself skills and James' scientific knowledge they take a journey into space to observe the Earth, Mars and Saturn. Their journey is not all plain sailing and we share some of their adventures on Polaris the space submarine. Look out for numerous movie and sci-fi references!
Show duration 29min

Stars and Stories - Winter (27-29 Dec)

11.30am, 1.30pm

Learn how to spot satellites as they fly over your home and find out what planets are in the sky. Hear the story of Orion the Hunter, his faithful dogs, and Taurus the Bull and the numerous other characters, as we head into winter. 

Space Gazers

12.40pm, 2pm, 2.20pm, 2.40pm

A chance to view the stunning views from telescopes and spacecraft of the solar system and beyond with music by Johan Monell. This show has no narration and aimed at under 8s so could be noisy.
Show duration 10min
Image of ALMA radio telescopes courtesy of ESO/T.Matsopoulos

Seasonal Stars - Winter

11.30am**, 1.30pm** 2pm, 3.35pm, 4.05pm,  (**from 2 Jan)

Planetarium Show about easy-to-see objects in this season's sky; includes how to find the North Star, how to identify a satellite and find some of the seasonal constellations.  Show duration 20 min* includes Journey to Infinity a trip showcasing the highlights of the Solar System and beyond.