Thinktank Birmingham is one the city’s most interactive and entertaining museums, targeted at both kids and adults, who like to let out the hidden child in them once in a while. The scientific museum is divided into four different floors, each dedicated to a special theme within the world of science and discovery. The top floor is a first-class digital planetarium, whereas the rest of the museum is strongly linked to Birmingham’s industrial past. Visitors also have to opportunity to participate in regular science workshops or solve crimes with the help of modern-day technology. This museum is the perfect choice for the young and old.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham, UK, +44 121 348 8000
Soho House, located on Soho Avenue, is the former home of the renowned Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton. The impressive specimen of Georgian architecture was Matthew Boulton’s home from 1766 onwards, and was subsequently used as the main meeting place for him and fellow scientists, such as physician Erasmus Darwin, inventor James Watt and theologian Joseph Priestley. Although mostly known for its importance throughout the 18th century, Soho House has had a colourful past, having previously been used as hotel, school and hostel for police officers. Today, Soho House is open to visitors everyday and features special tours of the house’s fascinating past.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm
Soho Ave, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, +44 121 348 8150
The Coffin Works, also located in the Jewellery Quarter, is one of Birmingham’s quirkier museums that explores a unique part of the city’s industrial past. First opened in 1894, the Newman Brothers Coffin Works was one of the most renowned businesses for over 100 years, providing coffin fittings for the funerals of Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill. Now closed for nearly 25 years, the Newman Brothers’ site has been extensively restored and reopened as a museum. Visitors can now explore the machinery and tools used to produce top-of-the-art funeral furniture.
13-15 Fleet St, Birmingham, UK, +44 121 233 4790