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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
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

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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Fantastic place, loads of history!

A quirky little museum with a lot to offer in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. A must see for history and antique fans.

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

A quirky little museum with a lot to offer in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. A must see for history and antique fans.

Thank 246dp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Quirky place to visit....I love all things "pen" so was thrilled. the premises are small, cramped and overflowing with stuff. Apparently new premises are in the plan so should be more room to look round.

Thank lisianthusDoncaster
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is obviously created with passion for the subject, and a very large collection is on display, interspersed with helpful and enthusiastic volunteers who are really knowledgeable. They also take you through the old process of making steel nibs and give you one for a souvenir, which my kids really enjoyed.

Thank Jenni D
Eyemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It just shows what can be achieved by a few hard working volunteers. The Pen Museum takes you back to those school days before ipads, tablets, calculators and even Biro's and Fountain pens. Every conceivable type of pen nib is shown as well as how they were processed. Sit at a desk with pen and ink pot to see how... More 

Thank Mel L
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard to give a good review since 90% of the Museum is off limits at the moment due to renovation. The staff seemed excited about said renovations however.

Thank Daniel T
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I came here on Thursday 1st Sept 2016. The volunteer who was to show us around was the most obnoxious individual I have ever met. Firstly he asked if we had seen a nib with 5 points before and who did we think might use one. I answered probably a musician to mark the score for music... More 

Thank Trevor H
Munich, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting tour by friendly locals with lots of insights in the production of pens. Nice displays of old pens and boxes.

Thank SaC_FA
Telford, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is being renovated so everything was very cramped into one room. It was interesting enough and the staff friendly, but there was not a lot to see. We did, however, get the opportunity to make a pen nib on original equipment. As it was only £1 entrance fee on this occasion, it may be worth another look when... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Amanda T

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