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Come and explore our policing history

The museum’s had a huge transformation over the last six years and is now a one of kind experience in the heart of Birmingham. 

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.  

You can still visit without a ticket, if there is space. We’re open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday. Last entry is at 2pm as we recommend 2 hours for your visit

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Upcoming Events

a child wearing a victorian police cape and helmet, spins in the middle of the lock up basement, flaring out the cape

‘Pint Sized Police’ Holiday Club Flash Sale!

Flash Sale! Limited Availability! Book the three-day holiday club and we will automatically upgrade your package to include the sleepover night for free, saving you £25! Don’t miss out! Book Today! Join us for the launch of our new ‘Pint Sized Police’ Holiday Club where your kids can enjoy days packed full of fun activities, …

Date: 15th August 2022

Time: 15th - 17th August & 22nd - 24th August

Tickets: £50 - £75

Pint Sized Police – Activity Day

Is your child aged 8 – 12? Do they love all things policing? Then join us for one of our Pint Sized Police activity days. From 10am – 2pm they can join in with the following activities: Monday  – Introduction to the police Make a juice box radio, tour the museum, learn about police uniform …

Date: 15th August 2022

Time: 10am - 2pm

Tickets: £20

two children dressed in police uniform look at a volunteer dressed in Victorian police uniform

Relaxed Museum Opening

Join us for a relaxed opening of the museum. We’ll reduce capacity for the day,  quiet our loud interactive and up our lighting levels for a less overwhelming environment We’re open between 10am-4pm with time slots starting at 10am then every half an hour until 2pm. We recommend a visit time of two hours. This …

Date: 21st August 2022

an older gentlemen and a lady with long brown hair look at the museums time line

After Hours Tour

Join us on a guided tour of the West Midlands Police Museum and discover what it was really like to spend time on both sides of the bars in our one-of-a-kind police museum, located in the heart of Birmingham. Our experienced guides will help you to explore our Victorian lock-up that was built in 1891 …

Date: 15th September 2022

Time: Please book a time slot. Tickets include refreshments

Tickets: £15

a group of school children in the forensics display room, working on their forensics trail

Teachers’ Open Day

Explore the West Midlands Police Museum at the lock-up to see what we can offer you for your next school visit. We offer a fully interactive experience across three floors, covering the history of the force and the Lock-up itself, innovations and development in policing, forensic science and an introduction to the real Peaky Blinders. …

Date: 19th September 2022

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

Murder Mystery Evening

There’s been a murder! We need your help to conduct the investigation. After hours in the atmospheric setting of the Victorian Lock Up, you will need to look at the evidence, follow the clues and interrogate the suspects in their cells as you attempt to get to the bottom of what happened to poor Penny …

Date: 24th September 2022

Time: 6.30pm

Tickets: £24

Sepia photograph featuring 5 mugshots of 1886 male prisoners

Evening Talk – Rogues, Villains & Peaky Blinders

Rogues, Villains & Peaky Blinders – Criminals of the Lock-up Explore the museum after hours and joins us for an evening talk as we take a dive into some of our fantastic historical records and discover some of the criminals held at the lock up in its 125 year history. Hear tales of cunning rogues, …

Date: 1st October 2022

Time: Doors open at 5pm for you to explore the museum. Talk begins at 6.30pm

Tickets: £15 refreshments included

Laurel and Hardy caricatures beside information for the event

Birmingham Comedy Festival Presents: Laurel and Hardy: Law and Order

Friday 14 October 2022

Birmingham Comedy Festival presents:

Laurel and Hardy: Law and Order

Three black and white classics from the greatest comedy double-act of all time, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – all on a law and order theme.  Lured into crime in Night Owls, The Boys become policemen in The Midnight Patrol before ending up behind bars for The Hoose-Gow.

West Midlands Police Museum, The Lock-up, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6BJ

Tel: 0121 609 1700


Tickets: £10

Date: 14th October 2022

Time: Showing begins at 19:00

Tickets: £10.00

black and white photograph of Winston Churchill inspecting police officers during WW2

Evening Talk – Remembering Fallen Officers

Explore the museum after hours and join us as we explore some of the stories of brave police officers who lost their lives during war time. Date: 9th July Time: Doors open at 5pm for you to explore the museum. Talk begins at 6.30pm Tickets: £15 per person, refreshments included

Date: 19th November 2022

Time: Doors open at 5pm, talk begins at 6:30pm

Tickets: £15 includes refreshments

The Hangman Diaries

Join us at the lock up for an evening of ghoulish gossip with Don’t Go Into The Cellar! In the atmospheric setting of the lock up, you will spend time with public executioners James Berry and John Ellis,  listening to their experiences of hanging many notorious individuals, including Dr Crippen, John “Babbacombe” Lee, Jack the Ripper …

Date: 2nd December 2022

Time: Showing begins at 19:00

Tickets: 15.00