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“A real gem - hidden away but well worth finding”
Review of Soho House Museum

Soho House Museum
Ranked #13 of 288 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Tour the home of Matthew Boulton (1728-1809,) made famous for his associations with James Watt and the Lunar Society, which left his mark on industrial development in Birmingham.
Reviewed 9 June 2014

With its helpful, friendly and knowledgable volunteers, Soho House is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the Lunar Society and Matthew Boulton. Beautifully preserved and presented and excellent value for money.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Soho House Museum is a brilliant place, celebrating the life and work of Matthew Boulton, the man who made Birmingham what it was - the City of a Thousand Trades - and, working with James Watt, made industrial steam power a key element of stage 2 of the Industrial Revolution. On Saturday last they had a brilliant science and technology day, with a traction engine and all sorts of surprising science - we liked the use of a Tesla coil to light a fluorescent tube when holding just one end! Good friendly people, an undiscovered gem.

While you are in the general area, also visit the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and the Pen Room to see some more brilliant stuff - it all fits together in the scientific / technological / industrial / economic story!

1  Thank johncfreeman51
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We visited the museum on Bank Holiday Monday, to find that entry was free that day and there were lots of extra activities being enjoyed by adults and children, with lots of friendly staff and volunteers around to help and encourage. The house and contents were very well displayed and explained - and we came away with a real sense of Boulton's part in the history of Birmingham.

1  Thank Jane F
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This was our first visit to this small but beautifully put together Museum. Located just off the A41 north east of the City Centre this Georgian house has been beautifully restored to be a quaint and charming evocation of Boulton’s family home. Matthew Boulton lived here in the last part of the 18th Century and the restoration portrays the rooms as they may have appeared then. The restoration is sensitive and not overdone and the period furniture (from similar periods though not all from the house) fit well – I particularly liked the wear on the arms of the chairs in the breakfast room – where Boultons hands had been!!
Though not of Boulton, the Victorian schoolroom to nod to one of the later uses of the house was a nice touch and the cellars were evocative of the status enjoyed by his 8 staff.
As well as the main house there is a reasonable sized garden, with a hermitage in the bottom corner, a tearoom complete with a pair of sphinxes, an exhibition dedicated to Matthew Boulton and the Lunar Society; and a gift shop.

I thought the interpretative boards in each room were clear and helpful. Staff on duty were friendly and pleasant.
We visited on Bank Holiday Monday and there were activities for children organised and Victorian foods to sample in the Housekeepers Room.
The Café is very limited to sandwiches, pre-prepared and cakes and cold and hot drinks but it is a pleasant room. On the day there was a shuttle service running back and forth to the Museum of the Jewelry Quarter.
Although just off the main road (and frankly poorly signposted) the house retains a sense of peace and tranquillity. We spent a very pleasant hour there.

2  Thank Topkoppite
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

My husband is severely disabled and in a wheelchair so when we visited Soho House we were really pleased to discover that he was able to access the whole house. The staff were extremely helpful and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I would thoroughly recommend Soho House for anyone who is disabled.

2  Thank Carole H
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