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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

75 - 80 Vyse St | Hockley, Birmingham B18 6HA, England (Ladywood)
44-121-554-3598
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Ranked #12 of 195 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, Neighborhoods, History Museums
Activities: Nightlife, Dining
Owner description: Discover the skill of the jeweller's craft and enjoy a unique tour of an original jewellery factory, which traces the 200-year history of the ancient... more » Owner description: Discover the skill of the jeweller's craft and enjoy a unique tour of an original jewellery factory, which traces the 200-year history of the ancient crafting skills that made Birmingham the centre of the British jewellery industry. « less
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Middlesbrough
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Was in awe of all the jewellery shops. Loved the platforms you can stand on to view. We particularly found the Museum great, a wonderful insight into the history of jewellery making and the Smith & Pepper families.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The 40-minute tour of the old Smith & Pepper jewellery workshop was evocative of Victorian life and was done skilfully and with humour by our young Guide. Well worth it. The gallery space upstairs was both interesting and well presented but we had expected to be more of it! Nice shop and tea room at the back

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Lots of details and rich history given during the guided tour. Amazing scenes of real history and insight to the history of the industry.

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manfromkent
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit, absolutely fascinating, the guide was very knowledgable. It was so different from the usual museum set up, where thing are in glass cases.

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is not a museum at all. It's a family business which closed years ago when the brother and sister running it retired in their 80s with no- one to continue the business. Everything was left as it was when the door was locked for the last time until the City Council decided to redevelop... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I visited the museum with my partner having lived in the JQ for a year and it was wonderful! It was so interesting to find out more about the area and in such an innovative way. The tour of the factory was absolutely fantastic- I would recommend to anyone. This should be one of the first places tourists (and locals!)... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

The museum itself is basic with 2 rooms, so make sure you do the tour otherwise you will not see the workshop and office as well. It is very much like somewhere from the 30's or 50's, which made it interesting. Our guide was knowledgable but incoherent. She did not let people finish their questions and did not answer what... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I have been here twice now with different groups of visitors and it was worthwhile, since each tour guide offers different insights and takes on the amazing story of the Smith family and I learned different things each time. The tour of the jewellery factory really makes the visit, but the displays in the museum itself are also interesting and... More

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Catcott, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Very much enjoyed our visit to this fascinating museum. Enhanced by a very friendly enthusiastic guide. The factory closed in 1981 when the owners just left the building as it was. It has been cleaned and returned to the condition of 1981, even down to the teapot. At only £5 for an hours guided tour its a bargain. They also... More

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Caerphilly, Nr Cardiff, South Wales.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

loved our 2nd visit to this great place. lots of information on the history of the jewellers and how they lived and worked. Highly recommend to all as extremely interesting.

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