Fodor's Expert Review Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
This museum is built around the workshops of Smith & Pepper, a firm that operated in the Jewellery Quarter for more than 80 years. Little changed here from when the firm was founded in 1899 to when it finally closed its doors in 1981. A factory tour (about an hour) and exhibits explain the history of the neighborhood and the jeweler’s craft, and you can watch demonstrations of jewelry being made in the traditional way. The Earth’s Riches gallery displays intriguing jewelry made from an assortment of natural materials, the on-site shop sells beautiful pieces by local jewelers, and a lovely café also displays photography of the city.