Events and Activities

Live programme of events and activities at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

We are so excited to welcome our visitors back again and look forward to hosting a whole host of exciting and experimental events and activities over the coming months – from new and fun ways to explore the collections, to inviting our partners and other organisations to work with us, and of course to finding out how you would like to shape our museum in the future.

We have opened a new Participation Space in the Industrial Gallery, which will become the hub of lots of different activities, including meeting our teams and volunteers, finding a space to reflect and share your thoughts and stories – what we hear will help us talk about Birmingham’s joyous, complex and challenging past, and about the future Brummies want. Some of our programme will develop over time as we respond to our new spaces and displays.

Over the coming months, our programme will feature the following areas of activity, but there will be lots more popping up as we experiment with some new and exciting things, as well as some old favourites and big highlight moments!

All of our events will be listed on our What's On page over the coming months, but here is a summary of our up-coming events:


View of the Edwardian Tearoom from the balcony

Look out for a number of opportunities to enjoy the museum after hours, building on the popularity of previous events such as Drink and Draw and the Art Rave. We will be working with our partners to bring different experiences to our audiences, including Lunar Campfire discussions led by Young Activators as part of the We Are Birmingham programme, pop-up cinema screening, live music and, of course, excellent hospitality in the Edwardian Tea Rooms.

These events will mostly run on Thursdays 6-9pm – each one will be different so please look out for individual events listings.


Cute Carnival 2018. Performance on a screen with people watching

We’ll be running a number of ‘mini-festivals’, featuring lots of events, in-conversations, activities and performances over the course of a weekend, often to coincide with the cultural calendar. Amongst others, look out for our South Asian History month events in August, as well as our Black History Month weekend in October.

Weekend and Holiday Fun

Child taking part in a craft activity

Weekends and school holidays will still be animated with a range of activities for all audiences, including families. Activities will be created through collaboration with freelance creatives and partner organisations and might include world story time, wellbeing focussed activities, pop-up cinema screenings, on-gallery music buskers, and daytime dance performances.

Fun Clubs

Adult talk

On the afternoons of Monday 6 June and 3 October, we will be running a new, free, social events called the ‘Fun Club’ – these events are a chance for our older audiences (but everyone is welcome!) to enjoy a warm and welcoming afternoon in the Edwardian Tea Rooms – enjoying a warm or cold drink, light buffet and a chance to have a chat with other visitors, our own staff and volunteers, and enjoy live music, performance, singing and dancing! We’re looking forward to being join by The Swing Era and a live swing band at our first event in June, for some dancing tutorials and performances.

A Curator Calls!

Natural Science Curator Lukas examining fungi

Our curatorial and collections teams will be running pop up sessions about their collections - a chance to talk informally to visitors about what they’re working on now, and find out what’s important to our audiences and their own stories.

We hope you will join us for our events online and in person! 

Visit our What's On page for details of up-coming events.