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Come and explore our policing history

It’s a great day out for all, so come join us and be part of policing history at our very own Victorian lock-up.  

We’re open Wednesday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm* with exceptions**, and Sunday 11am to 4pm with exceptions*. Please check dates we are closed below.

**We are closed to the public for private group, school or corporate bookings on:

  • Wednesday 28th February
  • Wednesday 13th March
  • Thursday 21st March
  • Wednesday 24th April
  • Thursday 25th April
  • Thursday 23rd May
  • Friday 28th June
  • Thursday 5th September

* Last entry is at 2pm as we recommend 2 hours for your visit.

Tickets purchased are for a self guided tour of the museum. If you would like a tour, please look at our whats on section. Guided tours can be arranged for group visits

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Upcoming Events

Victorian Gothic – An Evening of Eerie Deeds

Don’t Go Into The Cellar present an anthology stage show based on a classic trio of nineteenth century chillers ‘The Body Snatcher’, ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ and ‘Lot No249’. Dramatic story-telling in the theatre style at its best! Actor Jonathan Goodwin performs a show scripted by himself and co-directed by Gary Archer. Friday 1st March Time: …

Date: 1st March 2024

Time: Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start

Tickets: £17.00

Beyond the Mask: Poison, Police, and Punishment of the 18th & 19th Centuries

This is the death mask of a convicted Victorian murderess. It is hard to imaging there was a time when arsenic was an everyday product, freely available over the shop counter – would you keep arsenic alongside the porridge and sugar? Howard, a retired Coventry West Midlands Police Officer will look at some 18th & …

Date: 2nd March 2024

Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Talk starts at 6pm

Tickets: £10

Women in Policing: International Women’s Day

Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March Hear from serving female officers about their experiences about what it is like to be a woman in policing in 2024 Find out about some of our pioneer police officers from the past 100 years across the West Midlands Talk on the history of …

Date: 8th March 2024

Time: 10am - 4pm (last entry 2:30pm)

Tickets: Free

black and white image of a policeman standing in a door way, his torch shining on a dead body

The Murder of Julius Casterbrook: A Victorian Murder Mystery

The year is 1897 and we ask you to join us on Saturday 16th March for our Victorian inspired murder mystery night, The Murder of Julius Casterbrook. Fancy your chances as a detective or know someone who thinks they are the next Sherlock Holmes? If so, then come join us after hours in the atmospheric …

Date: 16th March 2024

Time: Event begins at 18:30, doors open at 18:15

Tickets: £24.00

The Macabre Museum- Stories of Murder and Mayhem

The Lock Up has stood on Steelhouse Lane since 1891. In that time, it has seen some of Birmingham’s worst criminals. Join us for this special one of a kind event and  hear tales of true crime, horrendous acts and deeds.

Date: 14th April 2024

Time: Tours run every 15 minutes starting from 11:00

Tickets: £15.00

black and white image of a policeman standing in a door way, his torch shining on a dead body

The Murder of Jane Jackson: A 1950’s Murder Mystery

The year is 1951 and we ask you to join us on Saturday 11th May for a 1950’s-inspired murder mystery night, The Murder of Jane Jackson. Fancy your chances as a detective or know someone who thinks they are the next Sherlock Holmes? If so, then come join us after hours in the atmospheric setting …

Date: 11th May 2024

Time: Event begins at 18:30, doors open at 18:15

Tickets: £24.00