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Pen Museum

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Address: 60 Frederick Street, Unit 3 The Argent Centre | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
Phone Number: +44 121 236 9834
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Description: One of Birmingham's great attractions and centres of information about the...
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.
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they gave a full tour around the place... they were very friendly as well:) We are both the wrong side of 50 and can still use a fountain pen, we both remember proper typewriters... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

they gave a full tour around the place... they were very friendly as well:) We are both the wrong side of 50 and can still use a fountain pen, we both remember proper typewriters and now they also have an exhibition of badges , this place really is good

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

You would never believe your eye until you get inside this compact but very informative museum. The place is located just the city centre of Birmingham about 20 mins walk but within the area of the famous Jewellery Quarter > at the back of the museum you can use some of the pens for writing. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Loved this house. Small but beautifully formed. The guides love to chat and have lovely tales to tell. It is quite a dark place inside but that adds to the experience. Great cafe - well priced. Lovely garden which should look lovely in summer but was still lovely in early Spring.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

As a pen enthusiast I thought it a good idea to visit since I only had one day to spend in Birmingham, and might I say it did not disappoint! The museum is surprisingly large, with an extensive collection. The volunteered staff was incredibly knowledgeable and interested in what they were showing. Practicing writing with a dip pen and making... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

I went to the Pen Museum with friends, I didn't not what I was going to see...I was scared if it might be boring. I was wrong ! The staff is passionated and passionating. We had such a good time. We enjoyed making the nibs and see all the collections as well as our own hand-writing like fifty years ago.... More 

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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We were told about this place by the staff at the Jewellery Quarter Museum, and thought it might be worth a visit. We enjoyed the hands-on nib-making demonstration and the vast array of exhibits, which also included typewriters, inks and inkwells. The staff were knowledgeable and we also learnt how a stenograph and a braille machine worked. A way out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We visited this hidden gem today and thoroughly enjoyed the various collections of pens , inkwells and typewriters. Richard " bluebeard " our guide was both informative and enthusiastic ..... making our visit a really worthwhile trip , despite almost giving up finding the museum due to lack of signage! ! Many thanks a most enjoyable day out .

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Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Came across here on a Google search and thought it was worth a look. It was a bit of a walk from the city centre and we did get lost a few times but eventually found it. From the outside it doesn't stand out much and it was very cosy on the inside. Me and my Mam were the only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It was a family day out to Birmingham. Rail journey organised, tickets for 7 purchased. With just 2 minutes to spare it was onto the train and off again at New Street Station. First port of call was a canal boat trip. Fast walk from New Street to the canal basin. Boarded the boat with no minutes to spare this... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I can't recommend this highly enough. I found it on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. As previously mentioned, it's free but please give generously so that others can share the experience. We took my 10 year old daughter who was not particularly keen, but I had a hard job ripping her away. The volunteer staff were wonderful with all... More 

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