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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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1:00 pm - 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
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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A really interesting an interactive visit

The pen museum was very interesting to look round. You are able to make your own pen nib, writ with a fountain pen and use an old type writer. This was a lot of fun even for our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The pen museum was very interesting to look round. You are able to make your own pen nib, writ with a fountain pen and use an old type writer. This was a lot of fun even for our twenty year old sons who loved trying out the type writers.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The Pen Museum is a lovely trip out in the Jewellery Quarter. Nestled among commercial and residential places it is like stepping back in time. The tour guide gives a very comprehensive history of pens and their history - especially in Birmingham. You can then look around the display at your leisure. It is a really good morning/afternoon out to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The volunteers were so helpful and informative. So much more to do than we thought. We spent and 2 hours here and my girls loved writing with the pens, doing braille stamps and making the tips. Great little gift shop too for a unique gift for a scholar.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The staff here were great - knowledgeable and enthusiastic. There is a great deal on display here, but it is all based around the time when Birmingham was the centre of the pen industry rather than giving an overview.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Fascinating museum. It shows how Birmingham dominated the world's pen industry for nearly 100 years. Hands on machines for producing pen nibs and a vast array of pens and nibs. Staff are real enthusiasts and made it very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Visited after it was recommended. Much larger than expected. Personal guide picked out highlights and allowed you to make your own pen nib, using various presses. You are then free to explore the two rooms. The manufacturers' displays of pen nibs were beautiful. Staff friendly and helpful. Brought back memories of using fountain pens at school. Cases and cases full... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Lots to see and do. Would not consider it suitable for under fives. Staff very knowledgeable . Children were able to write with a quill pen and learnt how to make a nib. Small museum, worth a visit

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Had a lovely day out at the Pen Museum in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.It was so interesting. You had a guide to take and explain the different item's and how they were made also you had a go at making the nibs, which was lovely for me as my grandmother was a pen cutter. Later we went into the jewellery... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

It is a great place to spend an hour or two ... I had fun making my own pen nib and writing with the various pens available there...I was watching the children visiting the museum and they were definitely having a great time drawing, and stamping papers, and making their pen nibs...very friendly "staff" - they are actually dedicated volunteers!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

What a quirky place – but very interesting. On arrival we were greeted by a very friendly gentleman who explained a little about the Pen Museum. There are many display cabinets full of memorabilia and products all related to Pen making. It is like an Aladdin’s cave. We made our own pen nibs using some very old presses and the... More 

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