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For Families and Children


In Touch

A gallery designed to apeal to the senses. You can experience a variety of artworks through touch, sound and light. Step inside a 17th century painting, eavesdrop on Albert Einstein, or squeeze yourself into a chair in the shape of a 19th century corset.

Picture and History Galleries

You can see art spanning seven centuries of European history and culture.  Explore the galleries by picking up our free family trail from the Vestibule or Great Charles Street reception desks.   Discover our new interactive Birmingham History Galleries where there is lots to see and do for families; explore medieval Birmingham with our interactive map, play in our traditional mini kitchen or even help pack an evacuee’s suitcase!

Family Activities

We have family activities every day of the Birmingham school holidays with arts, animals, object handling and much more. Events carry a small charge per child or per person. Organised on a drop-in basis, they are a great way to get creative.  At weekends we have family drop-in activities and our Saturday Arts Club twice a month, 10.30am – 12.30, for children aged 7-11.  Arts club is perfect for all creative youngsters; you can go behind the scenes and work with real artists at these special sessions.  See for What's On more details. 


Information for Family Visitors

The museum has lift access on Edmund Street and Great Charles Street.  We have large buggy lockers on the third floor at the entrance to the history galleries.  Baby changing facilities can be found on the second floor (dedicated parent and child room), in the Learning Zone and in the Gas Hall.  The Edwardian tearoom offers high chairs and children’s meals.

If you have any queries about visiting as a family or for more information about family activities please email Sarah Walker, Family Programmes Officer or call 0121 348 8266.  For the latest news follow us on Twitter @BMAGKids.

If you have enjoyed your visit why not nominate us for the Kids In Museums Award 2014.