Visiting Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery partially reopens to the public on 28 April. We know that many schools and educational groups are keen to visit us again (we have missed them too!) but, before arranging your visit, please make sure you are aware of how our collections’ displays, school offer and facilities remain different during this time.

About our displays in 2022

On Thursday 28 April 2022 the museum will partially reopen unpacking a series of pop-up displays and live events that will bring a different feel to the historic building for the Commonwealth Games and Birmingham 2022 Festival. 

The Edwardian Tearooms, Round Room, Industrial Gallery, Gallery 10, Bridge Gallery and the Shop will reopen seven days a week, 10am - 5pm, while a number of essential infrastructure works continue in the rest of the building. The areas reopening in 2022 will close again in December 2022 to allow maintenance work to continue before the building reopens fully in 2024. Please see the About page to find out more about what will be on display. 

Visiting Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

School sessions

Standard on-site sessions are not available at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery during this time. Please check back here or sign up to our education newsletter to find out about any special programmes running in 2022 as they become available.

We are offering Online Sessions on Ancient Civilisation for Key Stage 1 and 2 in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. These sessions are available to book.
There are a range of sessions you can choose from whether it is a show, or an object handling session with real artefacts in your classroom!
To find out more and let us help to build your learning programme contact our Bookings Teams; on 0121 348 8001, email or make an online enquiry.

Self-guided visits and Pre-Visit Information

Schools and other groups are still very welcome to make their own visits. All visits, including self-guided visits, require pre-booking. We recommend discussing your needs and plans for your visit with us in advance so that we can advise on the availability of gallery spaces, make sure that you are aware of relevant changes since your last visit, and ensure both parties are aware of any practicalities needed to get the most out of your visit

For enquiries or to make a booking, please contact the Education Bookings Team in the first instance on 0121 348 8001 or email


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
B3 3DH

Risk Assessment

Download our hazard information sheet (PDF) to create your own risk assessment for your visit and our facilitated session risk assessment (PDF) for your trip - these will be added shortly. 

Pupil / Teacher Ratio

  • For Foundation and KS1 groups a minimum of 1 adult to every 6 children is required.
  • For KS2 and over a minimum of 1 adult for every 10 children is required.

A failure to meet these ratios may result in your session being cancelled upon arrival.

Please note that we may ask larger groups to split up into smaller ones either in advance or on the day, as this may be more suitable for some of our spaces.

On the Day Information

Coach Drop Off and Parking

The coach drop off / pick up point for school coaches is on Great Charles Street (B3 3LG). No waiting is allowed. There is no dedicated parking at the Museum and Art Gallery.


Our schools entrance at Great Charles Street will remained closed. The schools entrance will be located at the main entrance on Chamberlain Square. School groups will be required to walk from the Margaret Street drop off point around to the main entrance.

For lift access please use the Gas Hall entrance on Edmund Street. 

Lunch Area

The museum and Art Gallery does not currently have a dedicated lunch area for schools.


Our cloakroom facilities are not currently available - a number of lockers are available (£1 per locker, non-refundable).


There are currently no dedicated toilets for schools. A number of toilets also accessible to other visitors are located on floor 2 and Gas Hall, including disabled cubicles.

Museum Shop

Located on Floor 2, we welcome to visit the shop as part of their day. We ask that a maximum of 30 pupils visit the shop at one time.

Pupil Behaviour

  • It is the responsibility of the class teachers and accompanying adults to control the behaviour of pupils.
  • Pupils are expected to show respect, listen to the museum staff and follow instructions.
  • Adults must stay with the pupils at all times.
  • No running in the museum.
  • No eating or drinking on the galleries.


Photography is permitted.