Soho House Museum

Soho House Museum
Soho Avenue
Handsworth
Birmingham
B18 5LB
England

Website

Website

www.bmag.org.uk/soho-house

E-mail

bmag_enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

Telephone

0121 554 9122

Fax

0121 554 5929

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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.

For more information and event listings visit www.bmag.org.uk and www.matthewboulton2009.org.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Soho House is closed for redevelopment and will reopen on 30th June 2012. Open for special events and pre-arranged visits only.

Admission charges

Charges apply to house only. Gardens, grounds and visitor facilities are free to all visitors.
Adults £4
Concessions £3
Children under 16 FREE
Annual multi site pass £16
Free entry on the first Sunday of the month.

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)

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