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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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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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One of the best places I've visited in Birmingham so far. The staff is very friendly and they will explain you everything you need to know about how pens and the history of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

One of the best places I've visited in Birmingham so far. The staff is very friendly and they will explain you everything you need to know about how pens and the history of the pen factory in Birmingham. Besides, they have fantastic activities were you can make a pen nib, write on different typewriters (including Braille!), practice your calligraphy with... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This museum seems small when you first come in, but soon you'll be scooped up by one of the many hilarious and charming tour guides who will take you through the display to provide more context. You get to operate machines that make pen nibs and are shown how they come out at the end, you get to write your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The interactive activities were brilliant and really informative without being too heavy. Fun for people of all ages!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This museum was the reason me and my friend wanted to go to Birmingham, and we were not disappointed. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and absolutely friendly, they even invited us to stay for tea afterwards! They walk you through making pen nibs, share some interesting insight on the factory history of nibs, and have a huge wealth of artifacts... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Coming in we were welcomed by an incredible engaged guide who wanted to share all his knowledge about the museum; nice to do!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Collecting pens and the their associated products does not immediately jump to mind. Most interesting and helpful in understanding the history of Birmingham's past. Not a large museum so good for individuals and families. Other attractions nearby including the Jewellery Museum.

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

Hidden in the Jewellery Quarters of Birmingham. A small museum run by volunteers who can tell you all about the arts of making a pen, show it to you and even allow you to try the old machines for your own. I have seen all major museums in the Jewelry quarters and did not expect much from this one, I... More 

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

We went there pretty much by accident, and we have not regretted it. Seeing all the different kinds of pen nibs and the calligraphy done with them was already interesting, but then they sent us to the back with their extensive collection of ink fountains, typewriters and novelty pens (a collection the museum staff did not even plan on acquiring!).... More 

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I thought this museum would be boring, but it wasn't. You can even make your own pen nib. There are good displays on the history of Birmingham's pen industry. I hadn't realised until then that the pen industry was so large in Birmingham.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

A comprehensive history of the development of using pen and ink can be viewed here. Also it shows Birmingham's place in the history of developing nibs and pens. Well laid out with good explanation. Very knowledgeable and patient guides. All for free! But who can resist not making a donation for a great place like this which gets no great... More 

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