From the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bowie to The Spice Girls, Oasis, Adele and X-Factor, the BME boasts an unrivalled collection of memorabilia, stage outfits, instruments, images and footage. It charts the beginnings, rise and influence of British pop from 1945 to the present day. We’ve got outfits worn by artists from David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Dusty Springfield, to Adam Ant and The Spice Girls and musical instruments played by some of the world’s most renowned artists from Noel Gallagher to the Sex Pistols. We even have hand written song lyrics from Adele, the original statues from the Brits and the Apple Corp front door from Saville Row.

The Museum includes galleries, interactive zones, audio visual experiences and hologram performances.  You can get hands-on in the Gibson Interactive Studio by learning to play guitar, drums or keyboards and dance your way through the eras in our Dance the Decades studio.


This fully interactive part of the British Music Experience gives you the chance to learn and play on a whole range of amazing instruments.

Gibson and Epiphone guitars have had a huge influence on British pop music, helping to shape the sound of a nation. Here you'll find electric, acoustic and bass guitars, including Les Pauls, SGs and 335s as well as Roland drums, synthesisers and keyboards.

Regardless of your age or ability, the Gibson App allows you to learn songs through video lessons. 


Suitable for all ages, our Dance The Decades Experience brings together 70 years and 12 iconic dance styles in one spacious booth. Our virtual teacher is on hand to teach you all the moves that ruled the dance floors of the past and then you can strut your stuff and try it out for yourself.

For the real extroverts who love to show off their skill, there is a handy phone holder, so you can film yourself tearing it up.


The Star Café and Merch Store are located in our foyer, and are open to the general public (no ticket required). The Star Cafe offers a delicious selection of Illy Coffee, specialist teas, cold drinks and snacks. 

The Merch Store is open daily and sells a range of band t-shirts, books, vinyl and memorabilia, with items from all our temporary exhibitions past and present, including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Bands FC,  Dorothy, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Charlatans.


Learning and Public Programmes, together with our events programme and temporary exhibitions further add to the experience.  We offer educational workshops and bespoke tours for school children, and a range of public events including master classes hosted by industry experts, film screenings, Q&As, book launches and live gigs. We are even available for private hire if you’re looking to host an event with a wow factor.