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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Birmingham vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 19, 2017
    I visited the Museum twice, both with guided tour conducted by two different guides: a very passionate tone, the other more humorous tones. Both have told the story of the neighborhood, the building of the jewelry world. With lab demonstrations. Not to be missed!
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  • August 19, 2017
    A well set out museum, showing how craftsmen used to work and what life was like many years ago. Then browse the local jewellery shops nearby.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Excellent factory tour. Worth booking in advance. Made so interesting by our tour Guide BRENDAN. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Will recommend to family and friends. Very reasonably priced....worth getting...  more »
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  • Excellent museum, a historic area full of interesting buildings, if your into the history of jewellery this is the place for you.
  • Very interesting place and well-being a visit. Easy to get to by train and bus
  • Fantastic museum with extremely knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit!
  • My experience to the Jewellery Quarter museum was fantastic - a hidden gem! ;D
  • Really enjoyed visiting nd going to the tour. Truly a most interesting experience. The tour guide was excellent knowledgeable. You must visit

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