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Pen Museum

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Set in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, The Pen Museum is unique in the UK. It celebrates the legacy of Birmingham's 19th century steel pen trade, where mass production first made mass communication possible. And through exports, made an enormous...more
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The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Unit 3, The Argent Centre, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place to spend just over a hour. It might have been a 4 but the nib making machines were not in operation so I couldn't make a nib.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a really interesting visit. I'd had no idea that Birmingham was the centre of pen making, and this volunteer led museum is a fascinating mirror on the past. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lorna S
Nigel E, Adminstrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much Lorna

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small museum, beautifully laid out charting the unique history of pen making and the impact Birmingham's export of pens had across the world. Staffed by friendly and informative volunteers well worth an hour or so to visit. Can use entry ticket for discount off nearby...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Gill W
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments Gill

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't really know what to expect but we spent a fascinating couple of hours here. The "practical" of making your own nib is a must-do. We were fortunate to meet with Larry Hanks, one of the four original founders of the museum, who not only...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank John D
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you John.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This has got to be the one-off of all museums. Took me years to discover and its sheer bonkersness captivates instantly. Turn your mobile off and imagine 100years ago - thousands of ways of writing by hand. Utterly spellbinding and under publicised. Why do they...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank dioid
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your comments.

Reviewed 17 February 2019

We took my 8 year old nephew here for a visit. We were all fascinated by the range and history of the pen nibs, but he particularly enjoyed the practical making of his own nib.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sally S
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much Sally for your comments,

Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed an hour or so at this museum. Displays are informative, staff friendly and the pen nib manufacturing demo was fun. I mean, you can't get much for a fiver nowadays so great value for money in my book.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 492tobyh
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2019

Thank you for your comments.

Reviewed 6 February 2019

I went here to do a calligraphy workshop that a friend had bought me for my birthday, The lady that ran it was very knowledgeable and helpful and I produced 2 beautiful letters made into fridge magnets, decorated with gold. The workshop ran from 11.30...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jane19662015
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2019

Thank you for your comments Jane.

Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

What a lovely little museum. Has all the stories of pens and writing equipments. They also has some workshops the courses are great value too but there aren't many so book well in advance. The only down side . I believe the Asian gentleman who...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Richard W
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2019

Thank you for the comments Richard.

Reviewed 24 January 2019

Wasn't really expecting much prior to visit, but this place blew my mind. A place with history, lots of real antiques and gives you a hands on experience on nib making. It was very enjoyable even I'm no pen enthusiast and the volunteers were very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Francis F
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2019

Thank You Francis for your review. Much appreciated by the team.

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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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