A major exhibition exploring the legacy of Black Sabbath and their global fan base. A blockbuster exhibition devoted to the music that was born in and around Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned the guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word ‘heavy’. 

The exhibition celebrates Black Sabbath from the perspective of their fans, to show the impact and cultural legacy of the band as pioneers of Heavy Metal, and to celebrate this unique, significant part of British music heritage.


“It’s an honour to be a part of the Home of Metal. I am just a guy from Birmingham who’s been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I’ve always said ‘I am nothing without them.” Ozzy Osbourne 


"Fans are our lifeblood, they've always been there to support us." Tony Iommi 


"I've always maintained that Sabbath fans are the most loyal and honest and most independently minded of all. I thank each and everyone of them for their incredible support over the years." Geezer Butler


“You’re a Sabbath fan, and everything about you is beautiful and worthwhile. I’m so grateful to have played for you, and met you in the heart and soul of each song. Stay safe, be good to yourselves, and rock forever and ever.” Bill Ward


Formed in Aston, Birmingham England in 1968 and cited as the pioneers and godfathers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath was founded by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward. The exhibition aims to explore how the music of four working class lads captured the hearts and minds of fans globally. 

A testament to their loyalty, the exhibition will pay homage to the fan’s devotion and document the fifty-year relationship. 

This immersive exhibition will feature historical photos, ephemera, and memorabilia sourced directly from the band members as well as portraits and stories from the Home of Metal fan archive that mark this unique moment in history.

Morag Myerscough, one of the UK’s most acclaimed designers will design Home of Metal: Black Sabbath – 50 Years for the Gas Hall in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the largest exhibition space in a museum or gallery outside London.

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Birmingham Museums Members

Birmingham Museums Members are entitled to one free visit to the Home of Metal exhibition. This free visit will need to take place on a  Monday or Tuesday in August 2019. Members will need to show their membership card to gain entry. Find out about Becoming a Member.

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The exhibition is funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Laney Amplification and Colmore Business District.

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