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Pen Museum

60 Frederick Street, Unit 3 The Argent Centre | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
+44 121 236 9834
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Ranked #13 of 200 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: One of Birmingham's great attractions and centres of information about the City's fascinating history. Dedicated to the history of Steel Pen Making in... more » Owner description: One of Birmingham's great attractions and centres of information about the City's fascinating history. Dedicated to the history of Steel Pen Making in Birmingham. « less
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Coventry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A quick walk from the city center, went to this place out of curiosity. Completely amazed at the collection they have got. Never been to a pen museum before. Very well preserved collections of nib pens, fountain pens and typewriters. You even get a chance to make your own nib. I am thinking of taking the calligraphy classes that they... More

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Was talked into this by my better half. Didn't know what to expect. Spent a great hour and more being shown really interesting stuff. Genuinely enjoyed the time there!

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Now, I enjoy a good pen as much as the next man, but perhaps I wouldn't think spending 2 hours in a museum full of them was a fun way to spend time. How wrong I was. We went there out of curiosity and ended up having a really good time. Its not as much as a museum, more an... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you have no interest in history or industry and don't want to take in any information then this is not the place for you. It is run by extremely passionate volunteers who will show you how to use the machines while giving you facts along the way. Who knew Birmingham was the centre of the pen manufacturing industry?! Not... More

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were curious to see what it had to offer and expected a half hour visit, but in the end spent two hours. The nib making demonstration was very informative and the practical use of various pens was fun! Well worth the visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Dropped in here during a recent stay in Birmingham. The museum is located in the Jewellery Quarter. Huge range of pen related paraphernalia to be seen - and you can have a go at making your own fountain pen nib. Recommended.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went primarily for the craft fair that was being held in the grounds of the pen museum and opted to go for the tour. So glad we did! Small venue but really interesting - you can even make your own nib for an inkpen and use a braille machine to type your name. It's another piece of Birmingham history... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I happened to come by the fair from a local ad, I visited with my six year old cousin. It was wonderful. The staff, volunteers and guides were all really helpful and informative, we managed to get a taste of history in the time we were there. Making the nibs using the machinery was amazing, my cousin loved this part... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The museum is a nice place to visit if you have an hour to spare. There are lots of pen nibs. It does chart the industrial revolution through the medium of pen production. However.... 1) Its small and is not an all day event 2) The staff although knowledgable are very, very, intense and deeply focused on their own role... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Rarely have I visited a museum which was more enthusiastically run! The volunteers at the Pen Museum are friendly and helpful, and eager to demonstrate the various machines and guide you around the exhibits without being too intrusive. The museum is split into two rooms with manufacturing equipment and exhibits in one workshop-type room and then more exhibits and a... More

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