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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 February 2015

Thank you for a wonderful Sunday. I came in with my girlfriend, who wanted to move in and did not want to leave. I kid you not!! and our 6 year old little girl Lydia. We totally Enjoyed the whole experience. Your staff were charming...More

7  Thank TedClarke
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

This was our third visit taking friends here. We were looking forward to seeing the newly refurbished exhibits. Our first visit was with the original displays as set up by the original volunteers and we loved the eclectic mix of displays. Sadly the new layout...More

4  Thank John I
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I never knew that the Pen Nib had such a history. A very interesting 1.5 hours spent in the museum. The highlight is that you get to make your own nib.

Thank lonelytrotter
Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review, great to hear the visit was much enjoyed.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had some extra time because the wife was off with new friends and being a Tuesday the other museum I had intended to visit was closed. I walked into a world I never knew existed that gave insight into the working world of women in...More

Thank 361larryp
Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for such a great review. We are so glad you enjoyed all aspects of your visit and thank you for taking the time to give us such lovely feedback. Please do come back and see us sometime soon if possible.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went a while ago . When I suggested it everyone laughed. After going they all said how educational it was. Kids even got to make their own pen bib. Birmingham has so much pen history. We went upstairs too lots more to see and...More

Thank JJB B
Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

JJB Thank You so much we loved your review.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Did you know that at one time Birmingham supplied most of the pens used worldwide? I never realised how many different styles of pen nibs existed and how people could commission different designs to be embossed / stamped on their nibs. One of the guides...More

Thank KatKent1
Nigel E, Admin at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kat. Thank you very much for your feedback, our Museum seeks to inform and educate the public about the history and heritage of the Birmingham Steel Pen Trade. Always a pleasure to do so, the volunteers love to hear from visitors with their thoughts and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have wanted to visit for a while and am so glad we did. The displays were very well laid out and full of fascinating items. The second room had beautiful cabinets of nibs, travelling inkwells and antique pen wipes. We were also fortunate to make...More

Thank Gardengirl332017
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review Garden Girl. - We are so glad you enjoyed your tour and of course making a steel nib. Your lovely comments are very much appreciated by the volunteers. .

Reviewed 15 October 2018

Myself and a group of friends visited on Saturday 13th October. We had incorrectly (it quickly transpired) thought that the museum was free admission. When we walked in a guy working at the entrance asked if we were three adults, we said that we were...More

Thank daisykerrigan
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Daisy Kerrigan, I am very sorry to hear of your experience, as an independent Volunteer led Museum, in receipt of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, we always aim to ensure our visitors receive the best possible welcome. We can only apologise as it’s...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018

A real Brummie gem! Love the history you can learn from visiting this place. Staff and volunteers are very friendly and there are very enjoyable events going on here. Go visit!

Thank Leelandla
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

Thank You Leelandla the team really appreciate your review and we really love the appreciation of our work in communicating history and heritage.

Reviewed 27 September 2018

What a delightful place, Lovely people, who are so keen to tell you everything about the place. Happy memories of using ink pens at school. Well worth a visit. fascinating history.

Thank PortsmouthFixit
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2018

PortsmouthFixit You are officially a real star! Thank you for a lovely review we appreciate all the feedback.

Reviewed 26 September 2018

FOR five pounds it's deffo worth coming and having a look really quite interesting a d really passed the time for me

Thank Maggieshops
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2018

Maggieshops thank you for the feedback we really appreciate it..

Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

This museum holds bags of Birmingham history and at only £5 entrance fee is a great way to spend an hour or so if you are visiting this area. Very friendly and informative staff give you feat insight into the importance of this industry in...More

1  Thank solihulllady
Nigel E, Administrator at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you very much Solihull Lady. The team really do appreciate your review and to hear that we are truly fulfilling our objects in informing the public of the importance of preserving the history and heritage of the Pen Trade.

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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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