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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 #10 of 160 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...
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Type: Museums
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Cumbria
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This place is fascinating. It is run by volunteers - all very passionate and extremely knowledgable about the subject. Amazing array of artefacts and a hands on experience where you can make your own pen nibs. Well worth a visit.

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Brussels
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This really is rather quirky. It wasn't particularly to my taste, but it was clear that others were getting a huge amount out of their visit, particularly the children who perhaps had never seen an ink pen nib before. I had no idea that nibs came in so many shapes! Good activities for children. A lovely piece of history which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

Only popped in as it was cold and they were open but had a great time & learned something , the volunteers were informed and passionate , found myself thoroughly enjoying it .

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Birmingham
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Thank you to the volunteers at the Pen Museum for showing me and my colleagues round today. The museum is run by volunteers and entirely funded by donations so there's no entrance fee. I telephoned ahead to book a tour these start at 11am. School parties are welcome boy book ahead. The museum is geared to catering for children. The... More 

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Cheadle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

called to the pen museum on Sunday around 3.30 It was closing shortly but the volunteer stayed and let us look around,he was so passionate,we could have stayed there for hours,we made our own pen nib and then looked at the old badges and how they were made looked at all the old football badges then had a play on... More 

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Epsom, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I visited the Museum with my children aged 9 and 7 - we were shown around by a very knowledgeable gentleman volunteer who kept the children engaged at every stage. We had the chance to produce our own ink pen nibs using various different machines while learning more about the conditions for workers during Victorian times. The children loved writing... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The secrets and treasures of the pen. As a democratic tool of knowledge and storytelling, the incredibly generous volunteers share the local history of world leading pen making. A large chapter of industrial history. They published a precious book: "People, Pens & Production in Birmingham's Steel Pen Trade" ed. Brian Jones MBE, 2013, Brewin Books.

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Norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This unique little gem was a perfect filler for the two hours we had to spare. The volunteer guides were very knowledgable, friendly and engaging. There was so much to see and discover. My children found the old typewriters great fun. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

You step back in time and discover a wonderful industry that unfortunately is near to disappear. The Pen Museum is run by very welcoming and enthusiastic volunteers and survives with the help of visitors contributions. We had a great experience and we will definitely visit again.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I enjoyed my recent visit to the Pen Museum. It's very interactive - allows you to make your own nib, practice using the different types of pens and quills and have a go at using a typewriter. The staff were friendly and very knowledgabl - they clearly have a passion for the craft as well. Can't wait to come back!

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