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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 #7 of 159 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Visiting the pen museum was a wonderfully unexpected experience. Everyone was really welcoming and the museum was interactive - we had the chance to actually make our own and spend time practicing our calligraphy skills. We'd definitely go back and spend more time there.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

A veritable goldmine of interest. Full of fascinating artefacts and the staff extremely knowledgable. Shame in the digital age that it has all become condemned to history. Good stop for an hour or two.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Great for fans of calligraphy, and excellent that it uses authentic premises. However unless you are a real enthusiast it can degenerate into a slow walk-past of "Look, more pen nibs!"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A wonderful museum, not only of the history of the pen but a social history too. It's a small museum, rustic and slightly cramped but only because it it is crammed full of every type of pen and nib imaginable! The staff (whom I assume to be volunteers) were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subject. It is SO well... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Lovely volunteer who gave great explanation of pen manufacturing in simple straightforward way and guided us through making our own nib. Millions of exhibits in a relatively small space. Not necessarily everyones cup of tea but we loved it. Plenty opportunity to test your calligraphy skills and sample our industrial heritage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The owner is really really friendly and gave us a warm welcome. He is proud of this place and willing to explain proudly about anything that you don't understand. He let us make nibs of the pen! We got a chance to pull every machine! That was very exciting. Then another guide took us to another room and explained about... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We went with few expectations but had the best afternoon at the Pen Museum. The staff were passionate without forcing us to listen to in depth (and boring) facts about pens, telling us just enough. We were given a one-to-one tour, got to make our own pen nibs, tried our hand at calligraphy and were given certificates to proved our... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

From the outside this could be easily missed but the Tardis like effect inside combined with its eye catching collection makes this a must see. The staff were very informative, passionate and helpful. You will probably even get to make your own pen nib to take home for you.

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