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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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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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decided on a whim to visit and a well worthwhile walk around to appreciate the history of pen making in this part of Birminhgham, knowledgible staff giving the information and you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Kitzbuhel, Austria
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Kitzbuhel, Austria
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

decided on a whim to visit and a well worthwhile walk around to appreciate the history of pen making in this part of Birminhgham, knowledgible staff giving the information and you could make a pen from start to finish on the orginal equipment used in the 19th century Entry is only £2 it is easy to find enroute to the... More 

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Thank Jerry P
Norfolk, Virginia
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

During my visit to the museum I encountered two staff members who clearly knew the history of the artifacts in the museum and would love to tell you about them. They helped bring the museum to life because you knew the history of the various pieces. The parts of the building for the museum may be small, but they certainly... More 

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Thank BlackSheep773
Salford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this small but interesting museum on a Sunday Afternoon - for the size of if there is so much packed in with lots of display cases showing different kinds of pens and inkwells etc - the staff are very knowledgeable and will answer any questions and you can make your own nib to take away Very enjoyable day

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Thank joymaur
Brisbane
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed my visit to the pen museum. We got to make a pen head. The volunteers are very lovely and did a little tour which is amazing for the price. Definitely recommend you visit here on a trip to Birmingham!

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Thank SarahJaneB1988
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a much more entertaining time than at least one of us anticipated. A small museum maybe but very interesting historically and we very much enjoyed making pen nibs and learning the basics of calligraphy with a quill pen.

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Thank MPRD_UK
birmingham
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This little Museum is absolutely wonderful and is run by a dedicated staff of volunteers who explain the Pen & Nib making process and let you have a go on the fly presses to make your own Nib. The rooms are packed with thousands of neat artifacts and the knowledge and friendliness of the staff was excellent. I bought a... More 

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Thank vinblue
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our trip to the pen museum and didn't anticipate there would be so much there to see and do. The interactive tour taking us through the pen nib making process was great and the tour guide was extremely friendly and very knowledgable. Whilst the museum is small in size there is a lot to do there (in... More 

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Thank Jade R
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of local history. Go and find out what Birmingham was like in the past.Children will really enjoy this museum.

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Thank silvalady2016
Southport, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a very interesting little museum outlining the history of Birminghams pen manufacturing industry. Run by enthusiastic and knowledgable volunteers. Recommended for anyone with an interest in history (as well as pens, obviously)

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Thank Liam G
Pune, India
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice small place. It will take you around an hour or 2 to visit it. The collection of pens and nibs is very good. We could also make our own nib and take it home with us for free. £2 entry fee is really cheap for this place. We could also try our hands on different pens, nibs and try... More 

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