Birmingham & Midland Institute


FREE tea of coffee when you purchase a sandwich or panini in the BMI Coffee Lounge

FREE ENTRY to the BMI's Monday Lectures


Receive a free tea or filter coffee when you purchase a sandwich or panini in the BMI Coffee Lounge.
Receive free entry (worth £5) to the BMI’s Monday Lunchtime Lectures which take place 1-2pm.


Established in 1854, the BMI has a cultural programme of events and activities focusing on arts, science and literature.

The Birmingham & Midland Institute has been at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life for over 150 years. It was originally founded by Act of Parliament in 1854 for the ‘Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and Midland Counties’. Charles Dickens was one of its early Presidents.

 Located in a Grade II* listed building, the BMI has a thriving programme of cultural and educational activities, which includes a wide spectrum of arts and science lectures, exhibitions and concerts. The building is also a venue for many externally-organised events and can be booked for conferences and meetings. We do not currently receive any external funding; our income is generated through room hire and events.

 The BMI is also home of the original Birmingham Library, established by the local button maker, John Lee, in 1779. It houses over 120,000 books including volumes from the 18th century as well as many 19th and 20th century purchases, including books on history, literature, natural history, science, travel and fiction, specialising in late 19th and early 20th century novels.


All Public Enquiries

0121 2363591

Venue Information

Birmingham and Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street,
B3 3BS

Monday – Friday: 9am – 10pm

Saturdays (call to check hours): 9am – 5pm

Sundays: Closed


Terms and Conditions

  • Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotions

  • Subject to change

  • Subject to availability