Five quirky museum venues for events

Feel like you've done South Kensington's museum circuit to death with your events? Check out these five weird and wonderful alternatives.

The Wellcome Collection offers up a variety of oddities for guests to observe
The Wellcome Collection offers up a variety of oddities for guests to observe

Wellcome Collection

A destination for the incurably curious, London’s Wellcome Collection houses a mismatch of interesting artifacts and exhibitions that explore the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The museum is currently exploring Tibetan Buddhism and will be hosting exhibits on consciousness and the human voice later in the year.

One of the more unique venue options includes hiring the Medicine Now gallery, which can accommodate up to 200 people for a reception. Guests can peruse a four-foot jelly baby, a printout of the entire human genome and a gastrointestinal camera the size of a baked bean all while mingling over cocktails.

Where: 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Contact: 020 7611 2200 or


Black Country Living Museum

The Black Country Living Museum is essentially a Victorian-era film set populated by actors in Dickensian garb. An educational visitor attraction, it can host meetings and events for up to 2,500 guests just ten miles from Birmingham’s City Centre.

Memorable features at the centre include a ram, an underground mine a silent cinema.

Where: Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ

Contact: 0121 557 9643 or

The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum offers a fun and nostalgic setting for events. Its collection of cartoon and comic art dates from the 1700s until the present day, while a totally immersive experience can be offered to guests through bookable cartoon workshops.

Catering at these special packages aims to reflect the museum’s latest exhibitions, with past options including Alice In Wonderland "Eat me" canapes and "Drink me" cocktails. Three spaces are on offer: the Ground Floor Galleries, the First Floor Gallery and the Young Artists Gallery.

Where: 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH

Contact: 0207 580 8155 or

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

Perhaps the quirkiest of the bunch is the Avoncroft Museum, which houses a hotchpotch of structures such as a threshing barn, working windmill cockpit, icehouse and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection.

Conferences for up to 120 delegates can be held under the 14th century roof of the New Guesten Hall and complimentary museum admission is included in events packages. Refreshments are provided by the Museum’s Tea Room, which is famed for its home-grown produce.

Where: Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Midlands B60 4JR

Contact: 01527 831363 or

The Magic Circle Museum

Intimate events can be held within the notorious Magic Circle’s Museum located in its north London headquarters. Available for up to 35 guests, the space houses a trove of items from the golden age of music hall.

The museum comes as standard when hiring the entire building exclusively, and a guide can be hired to lead guests around the displays. Other spaces available to hire at The Magic Circle include the Theatre, Decant Room and and Clubroom.

Where: 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD

Contact: 0800 681 6096 or

More: Four centres of political power for hire

Four of the best boozy venues available to book

Comment below to let us know what you think.

For more in-depth and print-only features, showcases and interviews with world-leading brands, don't miss the next issue of Event magazine by subscribing here.

Follow @dollydeighton

Have your say

Only registered users may comment. Sign in now or register for free.

Follow us

Latest Event Jobs