Museum in a Box

Use our Birmingham Museums’ collection into your classroom every day!

Choose from over 200 museum boxes to inspire and enrich your lessons by handling authentic artefacts, some of which are over 3,000 years old.

The Museum in a Box service aims to ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with the museum's collections in a way that will stimulate, support and enrich their learning. The boxes provide a unique and rare opportunity to handle real artefacts and try on replica costumes.

The service operates on a half term basis and are available to nurseries, schools, colleges, universities and community groups (with premises).

All of our loan boxes are cleaned and sealed before they are sent out. We have also provided a teacher's guide to help keep the objects and your students’ safe but maintain the quality of your experience.

Would you like an interactive live stream session with your loan box? 

MuseumStream is a unique opportunity that brings the museum directly into your classroom whilst having authentic artefacts for the students to handle. For more information check out our MuseumStream webpage.

Summary of Boxes

  • Prehistory
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Anglo-Saxons
  • Vikings
  • Aztecs
  • Native America
  • Tudors
  • Victorians
  • First World War
  • Second World War
  • 19th & 20th-Century Life
  • Music
  • World Cultures
  • Religion
  • Natural History
  • Art
  • Story Boxes

For more details and a full list of boxes and contents please see the Museum in a Box Catalogue page. 


Each loan box costs £50 per school per half term (plus £40+VAT for delivery if required - our delivery service covers up to 25 miles from B7 4RQ). Boxes can be collected free of charge from the Museum Collection Centre in Nechells on designated dates and times. 

Find out more by visiting the collection / delivery  webpage.

How to Book a Box

To find out how to book a box visit the How to Book a Box page.