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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 #14 of 202 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

I discovered this hidden gem by accident, a brilliant little museum run by volunteers in the Jewellery Quarter. Make a pen nib from steel plate, use feather quills and ink pens and watch videos made by ladies who made 28, 000 nibs each a day. Brilliant fun. Go see.

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birmingham england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is an amazing museum housed in two large rooms at the bottom of a handsome brick building in the jewellery quarter. Every inch if the tables, cabinets, ledges and walls are packed with objects relating to pens from the past. There are also areas for activities, like calligraphy and nib making, a children's area and a small gift shop... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This place is a great insight into writing and communication. It's quite a step from The Bull Ring/New Street but we enjoyed a good couple of hours looking round. The volunteers were very welcoming and helpful. The two rooms are on one level and there's a disabled toilet available. There's no actual admission price but donations are appreciated. You need... More

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Rugeley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a fascinating museum, we have been a few times, the staff are extremely helpful, there are lots and lots of "hands on" activities, interesting for young and old! Fascinating display of pens throughout the ages. if you are off to Birmingham don't miss this little gem of a museum.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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