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The Pen Museum

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Address: The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
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+44 121 236 9834
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11:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore...

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects.

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The Pen Museum

It was easy to find although it wasn't signposted from the Jewellery Quarter station. The building is Victorian with fantastic architecture. The exhibits are wonderful and I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was easy to find although it wasn't signposted from the Jewellery Quarter station. The building is Victorian with fantastic architecture. The exhibits are wonderful and I liked the colourful displays of different pen nibs. The displays were very informative. I liked the opportunity to try out the machinery. However it could be improved. My guidebook told me it was... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we popped in here I was not expecting great things, but what a little gem! The staff are lovely - engaging and knowledgeable, the boards are informative and interesting and there is enough to get hands on with to keep children busy. We spent a happy couple of hours here.

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Thank HylB
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend going to this museum. It's small compact and full of interesting facts. I learn't so much about the pen industry in Birmingham that l did not know. It's well worth going to if you love old letter fonts and packaging. Don't forget to go into the back room and watch the video of a lady who used... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before I visited Birmingham's Pen Museum, I'd never given much thought to how something as mundane as a pen nib was made - or that there were so may different sorts! I learnt about what life was like for the employees (mainly women) who made these items - and even got to make one for myself! Good for children who... More 

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Thank quiller003
Clent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is quite small but has a lot of exhibits. It brought back memories of using a fountain pen at school, using blotting paper and having your fingers stained with ink! The guides were very informative and you got to make your own fountain pen nib. Worth a visit, we combined it with a trip to the jewellery museum.

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Thank mhanc0ck
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good value for money. Really enjoyed this informative museum. The gentleman who showed us how to make a pen nib and all about the people who worked there was great. We even got to keep the nib. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Jan T
Thurso, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First part of the museum is information boards and displays. I initially thought that was it, but there's another area to go into which is an old workshop. Lovely gentlemen there showed us how to make the pen nibs and I got to keep it as a souvenir. Fascinating dispalys too of old writing materials and ink bottles.

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Thank morvenscaraben
Wolverhampton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic! My five year old loved it! Very small museum, but really informative and to the point (pardon the pun) Learnt so much about Birmingham history not just the history of the pen! Daughter got to make a pen nib to take home from a sheet of steel- awesome! Staff were so friendly, enthusiastic and informative. Recommend everyone to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The children loved to start writing with the pens. Then the friendly guide told us about how the nibs were made.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Well worth a visit. As someone who is old enough to have learned to write with inkwells, nibs and blotting paper I was fascinated. I even discovered what a "relief" nib was, one of my childhood memories! The exhibits are numerous and well presented and the boards giving background information about the Birmingham pen manufacturers and their workforce gave an... More 

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