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The Pen Museum

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Address: The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Hockley, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
Phone Number: +44 121 236 9834
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore...

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects.

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Brummie heritage

Visited with 3 children during school summer holidays. Kids were free and a discounted £1 for me as the museum is being refurbished. An excellent way to spend an hour. Kids... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
motherwifeme
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited with 3 children during school summer holidays. Kids were free and a discounted £1 for me as the museum is being refurbished. An excellent way to spend an hour. Kids enjoyed making their own pen nibs that they were allowed to take home. They dressed up in Victorian clothes and all three sat happily writing with ink pens. A... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a little gem. A warm welcome and a one to one tour. We thought it would be dull but was great fun and informative on all levels. We got to operate and make a pen nib and have fun in the school room. We all had fun and had to drag the kids away. It cost £1 per adult... More 

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Thank Amanda T
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I stopped by, it is wonderful. The day we went it was only one pound entry, a lady gave us a talk about the museum which was incredibly fascinating, we had a look around and we were able to make our own pen, it was a lot of fun and very close to the station so it's... More 

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Thank Stolzy29
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the visit at this really old establishment. Extremely interesting with lovely staff. If you are interested in pens and writing implements this place is for you.

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Thank teresa42
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Travelled from Leeds to see the museum. Charged £2 for 2 adults to see A (as in one) small room with several boxes of nibs. Was told AFTER I'd paid that the rest of the museum was under renovation! Stayed about 5 minutes tops & felt like I'd been robbed. Just don't bother going.

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Thank Sam P
Birmingham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is also an interesting museum for anyone interested in the production of pens and accessories. It relates the story of industrialisation in Birmingham and the Midlands, which was at one point in history the main producer of pen nibs.

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Thank bevandjasper
Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Turned up and paid entrance to then be told most of the museum was closed and it was just the tiny room we was already in, not a lot to see hands got covered in ink wouldn't reccomend as was a waste of time (walkin there) and wasn't there 5 mins and money

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Thank Emilylfc8
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only one room open at the moment due to refurbs so everything is crammed into one little space which is quite hard to get around, entry charges are currently reduced to £1 due to this. We really enjoyed trying to write with the different nibs and seeing how they were made was really interesting.The volunteers were very knowledgeable and interesting.... More 

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Thank lottiec29
Alderney, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This quiet, tiny, volunteer-staffed museum is a joyful experience from start to finish. See nibs! Make nibs! The volunteers are friendly, the information is easily assimilated, and the process of making a nib of your own, although delightfully clap-your-hands exciting, should be enough to convince anyone that they would not want to do it 10 hours a day for 50p... More 

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Thank Bobbie A
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lovely staff!!! Also an incredibly interesting day out. I did my dissertation on the Birmingham Pen Trade and found the staff (in particular Brian) to be very helpful. All staff are incredibly knowledgeable and fascinating people and certainly recommend there recent publication.

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