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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
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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Bonkers fun. Two thumbs up!!

Well, I've been visiting the Jewellery Quarter for a year and until today many times walked past the Pen Museum, unconvinced that such a place was real. But today I went in, with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Well, I've been visiting the Jewellery Quarter for a year and until today many times walked past the Pen Museum, unconvinced that such a place was real. But today I went in, with my companion who was also visiting, and it was the best activity I've spent an afternoon on in Birmingham. The volunteers were lovely, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. For... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

There's the workshop area with a lot of nibs and nib making presses and then theres a larger area with showcases full of pen memorabilia. Check out both before you leave.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

it was a bit difficult to find but we were amazed at the collection inside this little museum. I never know Birmingham produced so many pen nibs. A very interesting museum for both young and old. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. It is free to visit and rely on donations. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

An interesting, quirky and interactive learning experience into one of the largest industrial contributions of the Midlands. I enjoyed my visit and would recommend this to people of all ages. very insightful.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I loved this museum. A hidden gem of Birmingham. Lived in the area off and on for years and never thought about going inside but I eventually did and glad I did so!! The people are so sweet and interesting to speak with. You have a chance to make your own pen tips which was a sweet experience. At the... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

It took us about an hour to visit the museum, even if it has only 3 rooms. The staff was very helpful and friendly and they showed us how to make our own nibs. Moreover, it was permitted to use the typewriters, which was very fun and interesting. I totally recommend you to go there if you are in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Very interesting didn't know pens were such a big deal in Birmingham would definitely recommend it. Only £2 per adult. You get a brief history of pens then left to look around the first room on your own, then you are shown how to make your own pen, you then move on to another room which you can try some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My daughter spend hours here. She's an artist. For a very small museum, it's quite comprehensive and well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A quaint museum documenting Birmingham's history of pen making. There are nice displays of pens, nibs and inkwells and you can have a go at making a nib as well as being able to have a go at using quills and old typewriters. I enjoy anything hands-on, it makes the visit more interesting, I'm going to turn the nibs I... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Brilliant. Small but packs a great deal in and suitable for all ages. Make your own pen nib and try out writing with a range of nibs and early typewriters. Really knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic staff. Fascinating and surprisingly interesting history of a trade in which Birmingham dominated the world.

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Additional Information about Pen Museum

Address: 60 Frederick Street, Unit 3 The Argent Centre | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
Phone Number: +44 121 236 9834
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Midlands  >  Birmingham
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 5

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