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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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Pen Museum a hidden treasure in Birmingham

I would recommend going to this museum. It's small compact and full of interesting facts. I... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
olivelover
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London, United Kingdom
The things we take for granted!

Before I visited Birmingham's Pen Museum, I'd never given much thought to how something as mundane... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2017
quiller003
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Shrewsbury, 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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“make your own” (48 reviews)
“nib making” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 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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+44 121 236 9834
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

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...More

Thank olivelover
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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...More

Thank quiller003
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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...More

Thank mhanc0ck
Reviewed 7 March 2017 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.

Thank Jan T
Reviewed 27 February 2017

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...More

Thank morvenscaraben
Reviewed 24 February 2017 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...More

Thank KATIESAYERS
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.

1  Thank Wobine d
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...More

Thank Pag219
Reviewed 8 February 2017

An interesting museum detailing the history of pen making and the significant role Birmingham played in this industry. It was smaller than I expected, but there were plenty of items on display and lots of information to read. Volunteers were on hand to answer questions,...More

Thank g6ued
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I had heard lots of good reviews of this place, and I wasn't disappointed. It's impressive to learn about the facts around pen making and to see how much variety there was. It's interesting to see the transformation from the quill to the pen. The...More

2  Thank jaigu
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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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Hi Is this an assistance dog you are referring to? Thanks in advance. Pen Museum
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