Soho House Museum

Exterior image of Soho House and front lawn
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Soho House Museum was the home of Matthew Boulton, one of Birmingham's most famous sons. Boulton is famous for his associations with James Watt and the Lunar Society and left his mark on industrial development in Birmingham. The house has been painstakingly restored to its Eighteenth Century glory and reflects Boulton's taste and style. There is also a temporary exhibition gallery and education room on site that has a lively programme of community focussed exhibitions and events.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Winter season entry to Soho House is by scheduled guided tour only.

Admission charges

Guided tours are available most Thursdays at 11am.
Tickets cost £7 per person.
Please call +44 (0)121 348 8150 for dates and to book.

Getting there

Buses: 74, 78 and 79 (0121 200 2700 for travel information)
Metro: Benson Road (there is a steep uphill walk to the house)

This venue holds parts of Birmingham Museums and Galleries' Designated Collections of national importance. If you wish to see a particular item, please contact Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

On view inside Soho House is the Dining room where the famous Lunar Society met to discuss their ideas and experiments. Gathered here on the night of a full moon for dinner and lively conversation would be Erasmus Darwin, James Watt, Joseph Priestley and many other key figures from the science and manufacturing worlds of that day. On show is elegant furniture by James Newton, a James Watt copying press, and many Boulton pieces ranging from a stunning solid silver coffee pot to an impressive ormolu table made specifically for the hallway in the house. Uniquely, the house gives visitors glimpses of the unique inventiveness of its owner, such as the remains of a warm air heating system, probably the first in a British home since the Romans.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • Furniture by James Newton
  • James Watt copying press
  • Many Boulton pieces ranging from a stunning solid silver coffee pot to an impressive ormolu table
  • Designated Collection

Getting there

Buses: 74, 78 and 79 (0121 200 2700 for travel information)
Metro: Benson Road (there is a steep uphill walk to the house)

Soho House Museum
Soho Avenue
Handsworth
Birmingham
B18 5LB
England

Website

Website

www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/soho

E-mail

Soho.House@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Telephone

0121 348 8000

Fax

0121 554 5929

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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