The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter | Day Out With The Kids

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

4 star Rating 4 / 5 1 reviews

Birmingham, West Midlands, England

  • Ancient machinery at The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham
  • Machinery at The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham
  • Exhibition at The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham

Attraction Information

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Ages: 4+

Venue type: Indoor

When the proprietors of the Smith and Pepper jewellery manufacturing firm decided to retire in 1981 they ceased trading and locked the door, unaware they would be leaving a time capsule for future generations.

Tools were left strewn on benches; grubby overalls were hung on the coat hooks; and dirty teacups were abandoned alongside jars of marmite and jam on the shelf. Children will be fascinated by the ordinary factory that seems to have been frozen in time.

In the eighty years before its closure little changed with the working practices or equipment used within the family owned business. Even the decor had more in common with early 20th century trends than a thriving business in the early 1980s.

Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham's renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage. If you book a guided tour you and your family can see a demonstration of how jewellery was made without machines!

Facilities

  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

75 to 79 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6HA, England

Contact

Click here to visit The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter's website
0121 554 3598

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Summer
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 - 17:00

Winter
Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 - 16:00

Pricing

General Admission
Adults: £7.00
Kids (3-15): £3.00
Concessions: £5.00
Family from £15.00

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only

Guest suitability

Owing to space limitations in the factory area only one wheelchair can be accommodated at a time.

Parking facilities

There is no car park at the museum but parking is available on Vyse street and nearby streets (charges may apply).

Reviews

Nice slice of history in a very pretty location

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by Si . 01.02.17


The museum itself was in a lovely old building and deceptively larger than it looks from the outside. All kinds of crazy looking machinery and contraptions to gawp at, but also very interesting to see the methods and tools they used to use to create all their jewellery back in the day.