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Pen Museum

Address: 60 Frederick Street, Unit 3 The Argent Centre | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
Phone Number: +44 121 236 9834
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Ranked #13 of 301 things to do 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
Hours:
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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Thank you for a wonderful Sunday. I came in with my girlfriend, who wanted to move in and did not want to leave. I kid you not!! and our 6 year old little girl Lydia. We totally Enjoyed the whole experience. Your staff were charming and very knowledgeable and very keen to share their passion.. You made my daughter feel... More 

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Milano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Just 2 rooms but full of objects, information, pictures, videos and explanations. Plus the great chance to give a go at manufacturing a pen nib, calligraphy, typewriting, Braille. Volunteers on site are ready to explain everything about the history of pens and writing and even to open cabinets to show you collectors objects! and to answer all the questions you... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Within a minute of arrival my two boys (8 and 10yrs) we're thoroughly engaged cutting a pen nib with a steel sheet press, shaping the nib and stamping it. When you continue upstairs you can sit and use a wide variety of quills and pens with various nibs and just be creative for as long as you please. Please be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place for anyone who likes art, history, workshop. We went there expecting nothing and felt so welcome. Amazing staff and volunteers!.

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Carshalton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We were given a warm welcome and excellent demonstration of how to make pen nibs. We had hands on experience and produced our own nibs which we kept as souvenirs. Museum more than just pens. It included badge making, Braille machines, and had a fine collection of old typewriters. There was also opportunity to write with pen and ink, and... More 

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bham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a wonderful find. So informative and informed allied to a wonderful intimate atmosphere. And so interactive: nib making, calligraphy, a chance to play with exhibits. My children wanted to spend the whole day there - so we did! I just cannot recommend highly enough.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was our first stop on a walk around the jewellery quarter. What a delightful find. The museum is staffed by charming and knowledgeable volunteers who previously worked in the industry. You can make your own pen nib - in fact the guide insists you do it - to better understand the work involved and the number of nibs produced.... More 

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Nottingham, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Free to enter - now that is a good start. My wife and I entered with a bit of trepidation after all a Pen Museum does not sound like a barrel of fun. How wrong can a couple be. This is a very good place to visit. We played on the typewriters, we used quills to write, we used fountain... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

What a find. Really interesting with friendly, informative guides. Our 9 year old got to make his own pen nib and had great fun playing with old typewriters. Stayed an hour but could have stayed longer if we'd had the time. A big thank you to the volunteer guides for sharing this bit of Birmingham's history.

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oxford, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited with our 9 year old son and it was fantastic. All the volunteers were amazingly knowledgeable and keen to tell the story. We were shown how an old fashioned dip pen was made and got to keep it at the end. Make sure you put a few quid in the donation box and gift aid if you can.... More 

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