Museums and Art Galleries: Inner City (Jewellery Quarter)
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
75-80 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham. B18 6HA • (0121) 348 8140
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. Today the factory is a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter.
In the eighty years before its closure little changed with the working practices or equipment used within the family-owned business. Even the décor had more in common with early 20th century trends than a thriving business in the early 1980s. When the business closed, 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.
Visit to the Smith and Pepper factory is by guided tour. Allow one hour for guided tour. Charges apply to the tour of the Smith and Pepper factory and the galleries. The shop, cafe and temporary exhibition space are free to enter.
Free Entry at Certain Times, Light Refreshments Available.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Open 10.30am-4pm Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am-5pm Saturday, Closed Sunday and Monday except most Bank Holidays (please check the website for any late changes). Access to the Smith & Pepper jewellery factory is by guided tour only and takes place at set times during the day.
Advance booking is not required.
Located north west of the city centre on the corner of Vyse Street and Branston Street.
Jewellery Quarter Midland Metro tram stop: Five minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is built around a perfectly preserved jewellery workshop offering a unique glimpse of working life in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75-80 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham. B18 6HA • (0121) 348 8140
Last Updated Monday 2 March 2020
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