Join tour guide James for gallery tours: Treasures from the Collection (at 12pm) and Where on Earth Did That Come From? (at 2pm).

12pm - Treasures from the Collection

Discover more about some of the treasured collections on display throughout the painting galleries.

2pm - Where on Earth Did That Come From?

Birmingham Museums’ collections have not stopped growing since The Sultanganj Buddha became one of the first objects to enter our care in 1862, but have you ever wondered, ‘how on earth did it all end up here’?

This entertaining tour tells the stories of how many of the pieces found their way into the current collection. Be prepared for tales of valiant Victorian ladies, eccentric heiresses, methodical metal detectorists, cunning curators and more than the odd stroke of luck. From ancient Mexican gold to a bronze Buddha, via taxidermy, philanthropy, paintings and plaster casts, these stories will help explain how the collection has, and always will, continue to evolve.


Tickets are £3 per person per tour or are free to Museum Members.

Receive 10% off any other purchases in the Edwardian Tearoom with your tour ticket. Offer valid on the day of the tour only and not valid on group bookings.

No advance booking necessary. Tickets are available on the day from the vestibule reception desk (adjacent to the Round Room).

Meet your tour guide in the Round Room to begin your tour. Guided tours last approximately 45 minutes, but some may be longer - please feel free to discuss this with your guide on the day.