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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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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Utterly ridiculous, and well worth experiencing.

I'm not sure if this is a museum or just one man's hobby that's been allowed to get way out of hand. Either way, for the price of £2 it really ought to be witnessed. You'll... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I'm not sure if this is a museum or just one man's hobby that's been allowed to get way out of hand. Either way, for the price of £2 it really ought to be witnessed. You'll probably start by getting 'the talk' during which time you'll learn more about nibs than you ever wanted to know, until someone else arrives... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A very informative visit, who new a museum about Pens could be so interesting! The volunteers are very helpful and know there stuff!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

My partner and I had so much fun here a month or so ago. We got to make fountain pen nibs and have a go at typewriters, ink wells and feather pens!! I would recommend anyone with a spare hour to go here. Free but ask for a donation

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I found this place very interesting and did not realise so much went into the making of a fountain pen nib. The history and displays are amazing and the Gentleman that showed us around the Museum was very informative and lovely to listen to. Would recommend this place for somewhere different to visit. Also it is run by volunteers who... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

What a pleasant and informative way to spend an hour or so. Staffed by volunteers, who ooze enthusiasm, we learned so much about pens and nibs. They have little place in society now, but we never realised what a part they played not only in life, but in Birmingham's economy. Not surprisingly Laszlo Biro was never granted the freedom of... More 

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Lancashire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A niche subject, but I was amazed at how influential the production of pen nibs in Birmingham was. Staffed by volunteers means that they have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject, working exhibits and a chance to try all sorts of ink pens. A boring subject you may think.... Visit and you will not be disappointed. For a £2 entrance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Got a lot of time on your hands... Feel like no one likes... feel like your alone... Have a creepy basement... its empty.. fill it with pens......get inspired at the pen muesm . .where you will most likely find other loaners looking for a fun time..

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

what a brilliant place to visit, who would have thought you could get as excited as my friend and I did over pen nibs! The staff were absolutely brilliant with a wealth of knowledge. We each made a pen nib, which we will cherish. Definitely a place to visit and certainly worth a second and third visit. Well done to... More 

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Novi Sad, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We were surprised how amazing this place is, a true gem. The outside may not appear promising, but once you enter you realize what treasures it hides. Everyone was really nice and knowledgeable, we learned a lot and enjoyed our stay immensely.We got a chance to make pen nibs the old-fashioned way, which was a truly unique experience, and I... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I had a wonderful time visiting the Pen Museum! Richard Flatley was very kind, helpful and knowledgeable! It would be a great place to bring kids as well. Definitely check out the Pen Museum. You will learn about the history of pens, learn how pens were made and have a chance to make pen "nibs". You will also have a... More 

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Additional Information about Pen Museum

Address: Address: 60 Frederick Street, Unit 3 The Argent Centre | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
Phone Number: +44 121 236 9834
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Midlands  >  Birmingham
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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