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The Pen Museum

60 Frederick Street, Unit 3 The Argent Centre | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
+44 121 236 9834
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Ranked #9 of 195 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We just popped in to see what these museum was like and had an amazing time. We were given a tour which was fascinating.... Would highly recommend, we even got to make pen quills!!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We'd only planned to spend maybe 30-45 mins at this small two-room museum, but I had to drag my kids (8, 11 and 14) away after nearly 2 hours! There are many displays of pen nibs (mostly made in now-defunct factories in and around Birmingham), ink pots etc. with the history of the companies, more interesting than it sounds! But... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

This place is the god damn mother nibbin bomb! Never before have I been so PENtertained. If there was only one thing I could see before I died, this pen museum would be my final resting place. Surrounded by pens and other pen related things. This is the way to go when you're thinking about your imPENding doom. I was... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a little gem, co-run by a fantastic team of volunteers. I had no idea about Birmingham's pen history and this museum is stuffed full of artefacts and objects to peruse.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A fascinating historic collection of Birmingham's writing instruments from its rich manufacturing past. There is so much to see I'm returning this week. The volunteers have an in depth knowledge of the displays and made the visit all the more interesting. There is also a collection of typewriters and a shop. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A fascinating historic collection of Birmingham's writing instruments from its rich manufacturing past. There is so much to see I'm returning this week. The volunteers have an in depth knowledge of the displays and made the visit all the more interesting. There is also a collection of typewriters and a shop. Well worth a visit.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I had low expectations of this place, but went as I was in the area. I was very pleasantly surprised - a lovely little museum full of interesting pieces that tell the story of one of an industry that was once thriving in Birmingham. The place is run by volunteers who are very knowledgeable and will happily give you as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

What a gem of a museum - not worthy just interesting - I didn't know there was so much history relating to the humble pen - a real social story & fascinating displays

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We love this little gem. The first part of the establishment is interesting enough, showing the evolution of nibs and ink, but the display further in is intriguing and well worth a visit. It's just a pity their gift shop isn't bigger!

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

visited here on a Saturday afternoon and spent a very happy and interesting hour and a half. Staff instantly welcomed us and engaged us in the exhibits. Had a go at five of the processes involved in nib making and was allowed to keep what I had made. Also had the opportunity to try out various styles of nibbed pens... More

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