Our Story

 As one of Birmingham's longest running and best loved gallery shops, Smithsonia has been trading as a successful independent family business for over 40 years. The business passed from mother and son to daughter and son in law, and there were times at Christmas when there were sons, daughters, nieces, sisters and aunties. Plus, of course, our loyal staff who had all been with us for many years and feel like part of the family.


Opened in 1979

After a few years in a tiny shop in Harborne, Birmingham, Smithsonia opened in Piccadilly Arcade in Birmingham city centre in 1982 and went on to establish an enviable reputation for offering a great selection of wonderful gifts and jewellery. The shop became an integral part of the Birmingham Independent scene. We had many customers who shopped with us throughout the whole time we were open and we will greatly miss them. 

In February 2023 we closed our shop and moved to a totally online business.

Smithsonia remains a family run business. We are looking forward to our new adventure online.

Operating as a shop, Smithsonia took customer service very seriously and we all aimed to give a personal touch to your shopping experience. We hope we can continue that level of service on our website.

We are available to offer advice, via email, messaging or by phone. If you need any help with your orders, please do get in touch.