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

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 NEW 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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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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This museum in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham doesn't sound all that interesting but it is a must visit if you are in the area a fantastic little museum with friendly and helpful staff I will go back again because there is so much to see

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Spent this morning at the pen museum, can't believe how interesting it was, what a lovely day out, the staff were most informative and friendly, well worth a visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A wonderful little museum, tucked away in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Full of curiosities and interesting relics of Birmingham's once booming pen manufacturing days. The staff and volunteers are friendly, enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable. Was only planning on visiting for an hour or so but stayed much longer! I kept walking around finding new things I hadn't previously seen before, pointed... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I have little knowledge of pens and quils, visiting this place gave a some basic understanding. It also gave me the opportunity to try writing with a quil! =) remember to give some donation, as heard from the volunteers that they are finding it difficult to maintain the museum.

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