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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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  • 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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To experience the best urban attractions available in Birmingham, book your lodgings in the pedestrianized city center. This area is known for its attractive walkways, which provide easy foot access to most tourist sites. Centrally located hotels offer stunning views of the city's skyline and numerous modern amenities, including luxurious spa centers and award-winning restaurants. Staying close to the center will put you in the thick of the action, near all of the city's famous bars and nightclubs. If all you are looking for is a good night's sleep and a warm meal, consider booking your rooms at a family-run B&B in one of the quieter neighborhoods on the outskirts of town.
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