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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter provides a guided tour around a time capsule of a jewelry workshop, where very little has changed since the early part of the last century. For over 80 years, Smith and Pepper produced jewelry from this workshop, which was founded in 1899. When the elderly couple retired in 1981, they simply locked the door. Everything was left as it was: tools on benches, overalls hanging on coat hooks, even cups of tea and jars of jam and Marmite. Demonstrations and stories will guide you through the 200-year history of ancient crafting skills that made Birmingham the center of the British jewelry industry. The Earth Riches gallery showcases jewelry made from a wide range of material found in the natural world, including whale tooth, coral, diamond, and platinum. Original jewelry created by local designers and jewelers is available to purchase from the museum shop. See Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and all Birmingham has to offer by arranging your trip with our Birmingham tourist route planner.
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  • I confess we only went into this museum to shelter from a downpour. It is very close to the Jewellery Quarter train/tram station, in an area with a multitude of jewellery workshops and retailers. I ha...  more »
  • This is an really fascinating place to visit - untouched since the owners closed the factory in the early 1980s. Our tour lasted about an hour, led by a guide who new his stuff and presented it in an ...  more »
  • The museum is in a former jewellery factory which closed in the 1980s and locked just as it was when the workers left and then reopened as a museum 10 to 15 years later. The details of the business fr...  more »
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  • We love going here just to look in the gift shop at the displays of jewelry made by local Artisans. All of which is available to buy.
  • Excellent museum, friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable staff set in a fascinating area of the city.
  • Although we had never heard of this place my wife and I agreed to visit with friends and we are both delighted that we did. To call this place a museum is to limit the experience, it has been called a 'time capsule' and this is really true. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting and bought alive this unknown world. Truly a most interesting experience.
  • Visited this while on a trip round the jewellery quarter. It was a good look into the life of a jewellery workshop and the way items were made up until the 80's. The guide was very knowledgeable, well worth a visit.
  • Fantastic time capsule. So interesting. Very good tour guide. Loved the story and the tour. Thank you..