Café & Shop

We have a number of outlets selling food and drink, plus a shop selling a range of gifts and souvenirs.

Food & Drink

Signal Box Café

All aboard the Signal Box Café for great food in a fun, family setting. We have a variety of hot and cold food options available including the signature Signal Box Burger. The Signal Box is also a great place to pick up a coffee or a sweet treat. From sandwiches to delicious hot meals we have something to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. 

The Signal Box Café is located on Level 0 next to the City of Birmingham locomotive. Take a look at the café menu.

Due to recent changes in Coronavirus restrictions:

  • We are currently only able to accommodate groups of up to six people from the same household/support bubble.
  • There will be table service at the Signal Box Café. Please wait to be seated when you arrive.
  • A takeaway service for sandwiches and hot and cold drinks is also available.
  • Staff will be wearing masks. Please do ask staff if you have any questions or would like to raise any concerns.
  • Card payments only to limit personal interaction, with contactless preferred.

Platform 2 Kiosk

Also new to our café is Platform 2, an outside kiosk serving up tasty treats for those who may prefer to eat outside. 

Ice Cream Kiosk

The ice cream kiosk sells a delicious range of Beechdean farmhouse dairy ice cream. Whether it’s classic vanilla or a bubblegum flavoured treat for the kids, we’ve got a whole host of flavours to tickle your taste buds. 

Opening hours are weather dependant. See you when the sun shines!


Take home a bit of Thinktank with a range of gifts; from space to science, animals to Birmingham inspired items – we have products to reflect the museum’s collection and fun, family-friendly atmosphere. 

We also stock a large range of LEGO products too. 

Due to current Covid restrictions we are accepting card payments only to limit personal interaction, with contactless preferred.

Shop Online

We have an online shop where you can purchase a fantastic range of unique gifts and souvenirs and have them delivered straight to your door.

As well as getting a great gift, all shop purchases help to support Birmingham Museums Trust to continue to care for Birmingham’s unique collection and the delivery of our award winning education programme.