24 Mar 2020

Bringing the museums to you - explore Birmingham Museums online

In these challenging and unfamiliar times, while the doors to the nine Birmingham Museums Trust venues across the city are closed, there are ways to keep in touch and engaged online with virtual tours, an extensive image database, spotlight videos, and more, as the team bring the museums to you. 

Janine Eason, Director of Engagement at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Our doors may be closed for now, but we are still there for our visitors. Art and culture can help us make sense of the world and often gives us an escape. We are lucky to have some excellent online resources so that people and families can explore the collection and continue to engage with us.  Read More...

24 Mar 2020

Latest update from Birmingham Museums

Closure of grounds to Historic Properties 

In the light of the latest guidance, we have now taken the decision to close the grounds to our Historic Properties. Our priority is adhering to government advice and supporting social distancing in the interest of public safety. This means all Birmingham Museums sites are now closed, including to contractors. Updates will be shared via our website and social media channels. We very much look forward to staying in touch online and welcoming you back when we reopen.  Read More...

17 Mar 2020

Temporary Closure of Birmingham Museums sites

Following careful consideration of the COVID-19 situation, we have decided to close all Birmingham Museums sites to the public from 10am on Wednesday 18 March until Friday 1 May. We may extend the closure period in the light of developing events.

We are looking to reschedule programmes and events where possible. If you have already purchased tickets we will contact you soon with further information. Read More...

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27 Feb 2020

Record-breaking visitor numbers for Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum welcomed a record number of visitors through its doors during the February half term school holiday, which was the busiest since the museum opened in 2001.

The award-winning science museum, which is part of Birmingham Museums Trust, saw over 17,600 visitors during the popular week. The record figures follow the launch of MiniBrum, a new interactive mini-city gallery in May 2019, which was designed with the help of children and families.  Read More...

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21 Feb 2020

Niels de Vos appointed chair of Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museums Trust, one of the UK’s largest independent museum trusts, has appointed Niels de Vos as its new chair of trustees. Niels, who spent over ten years as the chief executive at UK Athletics, took up the post at a board meeting on Thursday 20 February.   

Following his success at UK Athletics, where he led the team to deliver the best Olympic and Paralympic performance in 50 years at London 2012, Niels founded Fabric Group in 2018, where he is CEO of the specialist consultancy for governments, cities and businesses making major investments into their communities through sport, art, education and charity.  Read More...

20 Feb 2020

Bakery opens at Sarehole Mill

The smell of freshly baked goods will be welcoming visitors to Sarehole Mill, following the launch of its new modern-day bakery and the restoration of the site’s Victorian bakehouse. It has been nearly 150 years since the original bakehouse was in action at this famous historic property, but the site will now, once again, bake for the people of Birmingham. Read More...

11 Feb 2020

February fun at Birmingham Museums

Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February

Looking for fun ways to fill the February half term holiday? Birmingham Museums can help! With everything from space explorations at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, to creating your very own watercolours at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, there’s lots for all the family to enjoy. Read More...

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31 Jan 2020

Region's proud manufacturing history celebrated in new exhibition

A new exhibition of paintings by renowned Birmingham artist Arthur Lockwood, which opened at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) on Thursday, is helping to celebrate 300 years of history for family owned firm Webster & Horsfall. 

The free exhibition runs from Thursday 30 January to Sunday 4 October, and features artefacts from the company’s extensive archive alongside a display of Arthur Lockwood’s paintings of the firm. It was opened by Webster and Horsfall CEO, Charles Horsfall, and historian and author, Professor Carl Chinn, MBE. Read More...

30 Jan 2020

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is offering the perfect setting for lovebirds to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special after-hours dinner. Within the walls of the museum, on Friday 14 February, couples can enjoy a romantic four-course meal in the spectacular surroundings of the Industrial Gallery, with its impressive Victorian architecture and ornate steel work and glass ceiling. 

This is a unique opportunity to visit the museum in the evening and enjoy a bespoke menu cooked by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s expert chef team.  Read More...

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22 Jan 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, to launch landmark survey

The Duchess of Cambridge visited MiniBrum at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, on Tuesday 21 January to launch a new landmark UK-wide survey which aims to spark the biggest ever conversation on early childhood.

The visit saw Her Royal Highness launch the ‘5 big questions on the under 5s’ survey at the interactive mini-city gallery at the museum in Birmingham, as the first stop on a 24-hour tour of the country. The survey gives people across the UK an opportunity to provide their views on raising the next generation.  Read More...