This blog will focus on a couple of fantastic museums located in the West Midlands! The museums suggested provide interactive and educational resources for adults and families alike and are spread across the Midlands to cater for all StreetUK customers.
The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is of the most varied and extensive museums in the UK and is totally free to enter. The Birmingham Museum allows visitors to explore the world’s treasures under one roof! From one room to another, visitors can stare in awe at the history and artefacts of Asia, South America and Africa; the famous Staffordshire Hoard is also housed at the Birmingham Museum. The Museum also hosts a variety of galleries for those with an artistic streak.
Another Birmingham based option is the Thinktank Science Museum, located in the Millennium Point complex close to New Street. This Museum has a wide range of exhibitions varying from the Spitfire to Marine Life. Entry costs adults £13 and children £9.25 if booked online in advance, this covers all exhibitions apart from the Planetarium which costs an additional £2.50.
The Coventry Transport Museum provides an interactive history of Coventry’s automotive past, giving visitors a trip down memory lane as the exhibition moves from the very first bicycles all the way to modern Jaguars. The Museum also gives visitors a chance to look at the vehicle which formerly held the World Land Speed Record! Although this Museum is no longer free to enter, annual admission can be purchased for £14 for adults and £7 for children over 5 (younger children still go for free).
The Black Country Museum is an open-air living museum that shows visitors the history of the West Midlands industry. Although this Museum is slightly more expensive than the others on offer – costing £18.45 for adults and £9.45 for children – you get an interactive experience like no other. The Black Country Museum is housed in historic industrial buildings and takes visitors through the ages. One example of this is the Hobbs & Sons Restaurant which serves chips cooked in dripping, a historical rarity which most requires a special license.
The Birmingham Museum and Coventry Transport Museum can be accessed by foot from their respective major bus and train stations (Birmingham New Street, Coventry Station, Coventry Pool Meadow) which themselves can be accessed from across the West Midlands. The closest stations to the Black Country Museum are Tipton and Dudley Port. Those wishing to park may have to pay to park in the city centres.
We hope this blog entry has provided some inspiration for you and your family this summer, hopefully, while saving you some pennies in the process!