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The Pen Museum

The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
+44 121 236 9834
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Fascinating insight into a neglected piece of social history

This is a great museum run by volunteers passionate about the history of the pen industry in... read more

Reviewed today
Barnaby W
Great for those interested in the trades of Brum, old packaging and stationary lovers

Very little advertising for this amazing museum run by volunteers. Very little is talked about the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ink wells” (19 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
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+44 121 236 9834
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Reviewed today

This is a great museum run by volunteers passionate about the history of the pen industry in Birmingham. The museum is fairly small - essentially three large rooms - but the exhibits are of a high quality and many of them are interactive. The highlight...More

Thank Barnaby W
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very little advertising for this amazing museum run by volunteers. Very little is talked about the pen industry in Birmingham and as a stationery l loved it. Don't forget to go to the back room and watch the video workers interviewed who worked in the...More

Thank olivelover
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting museum. Who knew there were so many different shapes and sizes of pen nibs

Thank sally1747
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your review! We're really pleased you enjoyed it, we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this museum utterly fascinating and the demonstration of how the pen nibs were made was brought to life by the guy who not only demonstrated but let us make our own nib. Again another type of industry from Birmingham that literally supplied the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my mom here as she was born in the Jewellery Quarter and so we go back sometimes for a mooch about, to see the museums and for my mom to reminisce. This museum had been there a while and we thought we might...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It‘s a interesting place. It was a 10 minute walk from my hotel, so I tought I‘ll visit this museum.

Thank Denis L
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

A revelation about the intracies of pen nib manufacturing, the infinite variety of types, the working conditions and the impact of the pen nib on the world. The associated paraphernalia connected with writing was amazing. Larry's demonstration of the process made the visit - thank...More

Thank olivercottages
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. I'm very pleased you had a good visit. We're currently reviewing our Audio Visual display pieces and we appreciate your comment about our featured documentary.

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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

This place is not big. It has 3 rooms only. Each room is packed with ornaments & equipment & small machines that are related to the Pen era. There was a male guide in there, who was volunteering. He showed us the nibs, told us...More

Thank Tifiny K
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

I visied with my 10 year old whilst in the area. She was very intrigued about the pens having just started using one recently at school. The 4 areas are 1. a display area explaining what it was like working in the pen nib industry...More

Thank Claire F
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. We're really pleased you both had a good time and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

A small but crammed museum which provides a great deal of information about the origins and development of pen nibs and there importance to the history of Birmingham. Plentiful and friendly volunteers help to explain the exhibits including aiding the visitors to make their own...More

Thank crumpets4tea
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. We're pleased you had a good experience.

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NicandOoz
September 2, 2016|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Museum has reduced access through to early October £1 admission for adults. Renovations due to complete soon. Website will be updated as and when.
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Michelle W
April 7, 2016|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Colmore Row near to St. Philip's Cathedral.
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March 21, 2015|
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Hi Is this an assistance dog you are referring to? Thanks in advance. Pen Museum
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