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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:

  • Thursday 23rd May
  • Wednesday 12th June
  • Friday 14th June
  • Wednesday 19th June
  • Sunday 23rd June (for Volunteer Open Day)
  • Wednesday 26th June
  • Friday 28th June
  • Wednesday 3rd July
  • Thursday 4th July
  • Friday 5th July 
  • Thursday 5th September
  • Wednesday 11th 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

Black Heritage Walks Network – Walking Tour

Black Heritage Walks Network Lock, Stock and Barrel – The Police Museum Join us for an eye-opening and educational experience at Lock, Stock and Barrel – Gun Quarter, organized by Black Heritage Walks Network. This event delves into the fascinating history of Birmingham’s Gun Manufacturing industry and its ties to the transatlantic slave trade. Through …

Date: 26th May 2024

Tickets: Book via Black Heritage Network

Trot on Regardless – A History of the Mounted Police

Last year marked the hundredth anniversary of the Mounted Section being created in Birmingham. What happened to the police horses? Where did they come from? What did they do? Perhaps more importantly, where have they gone? To find out more, why not visit the West Midlands Police Museum, to join the ride with Stefan Wild …

Date: 24th August 2024

Time: Doors open at 17:30 for a 18:00 start.

Tickets: £10.00

Ghost Stories of M.R James

Don’t Go Into The Cellar present ‘ Ghost Stories of M.R. James’ An evening of classic ghost stories where you, the audience, chooses which tales are performed! No two performances will be the same, guaranteed! Jonathan Goodwin plays Montague Rhodes James in a show scripted by himself. Saturday 7th September Time: Doors open at 6.30pm …

Date: 7th September 2024

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

Tickets: £17.00

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: 8th September 2024

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

Tickets: £15.00

Jack the Ripper – The Truth of the Whitechapel Murders

The story of ‘Jack the Ripper’ is well known: five prostitutes were killed in 1888 by an unknown serial killer who slipped away into the fog before taunting the police with a series of letters. But almost none of the above is true. Join crime historian Adam Wood to hear the truth behind the Whitechapel murders …

Date: 12th September 2024

Time: Doors open at 6pm. Talk begins at 6.30pm

Tickets: £10 per person

Birmingham Comedy Festival: Laurel and Hardy

Birmingham Comedy Festival presents: Laurel and Hardy at Home Three film classics starring the greatest double-act of all time, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, which find the duo involved in all manner of domestic mayhem. Brats (1930) – With their wives away, Laurel and Hardy are enjoying a game of draughts. But how can they …

Date: 11th October 2024

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

Tickets: £10.00