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“Very interesting small museum”
Review of The Pen Museum

The Pen Museum
Ranked #15 of 283 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting small museum”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

This is a real gem, hidden away in the jewellery quarter. It is open 7 days a week and is free! there are enthusiastic volunteers who will help you to actually make a nib staring with a sheet of metal and using the original machines. you can see how tough it was for the women years ago. There are so many cabinets full of well laid out memorabilia to bring home what an extensive trade it was!
Through in the second room you can watch a 10 minute video of interviews with original workers telling of the conditions and about the history of making pens. at one time, 75% of pens in the world were made here or roundabout here. The steam which was produced was used in the Turkish baths on the floor above!
The highlight has to be the table of variuos pens and quills with puts of ink and paper to do your own writing. A real joy for adults and families alike. There is no cafe but there are several eating and drinking places nearby as well as a Tesco Express 100m away., and you can bring your own! . .

Visited March 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“My favourite place in Birmingham !”
Reviewed 11 February 2012

It's amazing ! Entering the small room shut the door behind you and you have just travelled into the past ... not so distant past, but fascinating. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and willing to take you on a tour. You can also take part in caligraphy courses on Saturdays. It's definitely a must while you are in Birmingham !

Visited February 2012
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Sheffield, UK
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“A delightful museum”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

A gem of a museum, just a couple of rooms but more pen memorabilia than you would think possible. Staff were knowledgeable and excellent company. We got to make a nib and left knowing more than we would have thought possible about the pen industry.

Visited January 2012
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Telford, United Kingdom
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“A Hidden Treat”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

A very interesting insight into an important part of Birmingham,s history. It does not take long to get around but well worth it

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“They certainly know their stuff”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

If a museum could be rated on the knowledge and enthusiasm of its staff alone then this would rank higher than an angel on crystal meth. The various rooms chronicle the history of Birmingham's pen making and give everyone the chance to make their own pen nib. The room through the back with the display of nibs, typewriters and a plethora of other writing paraphernalia is breath taking in the depth of detail, although slightly worrying. It is refreshing to know that the subject is being taken so seriously and that it has such able guardians. Children are well catered to but not with fancy IT gadgets and screens. They are taken round and talked to and shown how to do things. There are lots of opportunities for them to try out all sorts of pens and cover themselves with many colours of ink. The love and devotion of the curators go a long way to make this subject come alive (disconcertingly so). Long live The Pen Room.

Visited June 2011
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