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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 #9 of 198 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I loved that people care enough about a very important part of history that..they continue to have this place open to share with those who are lucky enough to walk through the door..Please take the time and listen...They are there to educate...and perhaps you make a Pen as I did......Enjoy

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Bembridge, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

A quirky place run by passionate volunteers you will probably be amazed by the number and variety of nibs and of course you get to have a go with many different pens. This area of Birmingham has an amazing early industrial history.

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New Delhi, India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The location is disgusting. The place dingy. Just a useless collection of fountain pen tips. The worst is they keep following you like a tail until you leave a donation.

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Margate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Very difficult to see much crowded with tourists and school kids, this was the wrong time to visit better luck next time

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My partner and I went to the Pen Museum recently whilst in Birmingham. At first glance, the place doesn't appear to be very much- only a few fairly small rooms inside what seems to be a business complex. Indeed, we very nearly immediately upon entering as it seemed to be a single person's obsession. However, we were very soon greeted... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I am not in Birmingham very often but I have visited this little museum twice and found it to be fascinating and delightful. The place is entirely run by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. It is probably struggling financially as they don't charge an entry fee - so make a donation if you possibly can when you visit. One of the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The pen museum offers a rich collection on the history of pens manufactured in Great Britain, explaining from Edinburgh to Birmingham. The pen museum is small, but the staff is very warm and knowledgeable. The staff is an old man who will be gladly to answer your queries if you have, and I had a great experience with this museum,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Knowledgable staff combined with good displays and the excellent opportunity to have a go at making your own pen nib, which you can take home with you! Particularly enjoyed the section on Braille and Braille typewriters, discovering a lot of new facts. Would strongly recommend!

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