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The Pen Museum

The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
+44 121 236 9834
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Great little museum

I went along to a drop-in calligraphy session but also really enjoyed seeing the history of the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sheena G
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
History brought to life

Tucked away in the jewellery quarter, this quirky little museum certainly is worth a visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisa W
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“make your own” (50 reviews)
“nib making” (25 reviews)
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I went along to a drop-in calligraphy session but also really enjoyed seeing the history of the industry. Great to have these places kept going by enthusiastic staff and volunteers.

Thank Sheena G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tucked away in the jewellery quarter, this quirky little museum certainly is worth a visit. Stepping into the entrance foyer was a little underwhelming but then when you start getting into it you realise it’s packed with fascinating stuff. Our host, Joe, was excellent and...More

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a short walk from the city centre, this small museum is full of interesting items and displays. Volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable, and there were lots of opportunities to ask questions. Being able to make your own nibs is lots of fun and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a very small historical museum. The entrance gallery is very intersting and describes very nicely the history of pen industry in Birmingham. The main exhibition is very packed with many items and was difficult for me to focus.

Thank Ayelet_Linik
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just finished a trip to the pen museum in the jewellery quarter of Birmingham. A really interesting visit with very informative volunteer staff. You're able to make your own pen nib to take away and see the process of how these were made. Well worth...More

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in while visiting our daughter in Birmingham. Not being from Birmingham I didn't know how large the nib making industry once was. It isn't huge and takes little more than an hour to cover but is really informative and educational and with a fun...More

Thank Beachhut45
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small museum but lots of interesting facts about how millions of pen nibs were produced in area (some still are). Some interesting demos by knowledgeable staff. Good video shown about life in the factories target daily production per person was 15-18,000 nibs which is about...More

Thank Michael N
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for visiting the museum, we're pleased you enjoyed your day!

Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is a hidden gem of a museum. It is really interesting and the staff were immensely well-informed and helpful. It's well worth a visit!

Thank michele9733
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for visiting! We're so pleased you enjoyed your day

Reviewed 30 October 2017

The staff were most helpful and the selection of pens - and nibs - absolutely amazing! We spent ages going round - there was so much to see. I bought a couple of pens with special nibs for my husband, for his calligraphy.

Thank Shirl654
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for using our shop and keep up with the calligraphy.

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

A small museum in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, but really interesting especially if you take the grandparents as most of there writing history from school is in the museum. A insightful demonstration of how pen nibs were made. You get to make your...More

Thank Cands38
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Many thanks for visiting us! We're really pleased you were captivated by our story and the role Birmingham pens played globally, come back and see us again soon.

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NicandOoz
2 September 2016|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Museum has reduced access through to early October £1 admission for adults. Renovations due to complete soon. Website will be updated as and when.
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Michelle W
7 April 2016|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Colmore Row near to St. Philip's Cathedral.
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UkEcho
21 March 2015|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Hi Is this an assistance dog you are referring to? Thanks in advance. Pen Museum
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