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“Unexpectedly fun afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Pen Museum

The Pen Museum
Ranked #15 of 278 things to do in Birmingham
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects.
West Mids
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly fun afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Ok, lets be frank, I wasn't expecting this to be particularly fun. I hoped it may hold some interest but wasn't expecting this.

Spent a good hour or so feeling that i had only scratched the surface of this little treasure of a museum. had hardly got my bearings before being engaged by one of the numerous enthusiastic volunteers to try our hands at nib making.

This is not interactive as the web is, this is better. Getting the genuine feel (if albeit only briefly) of the processes. Its the kind of thing that you used to see visiting dignatries do on the opening of new factory, and indeed we were made to feel like VIPs all afternoon.

But there were more and more things hidden away, and whislt I didn't get chance to look round everything as my compadres started trying out their rather smart calligraphy skills whilst I got clumsily covered in ink this pelased me as it will give an excuse to return again and this time leave a more worthy donation. Thank you to all who entertained us so well. Very friendly and very knowledgable and with a real enthusaism for their subject.

Visited January 2014
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“Fun afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Three of us visited on a rainy Sunday afternoon and found it very interesting. The volunteers (Richard and Colin) were very enthusiastic and passionate about their subjects and were happy to talk and answer questions. We looked at the exhibits, tried out the nib-making process and did some calligraphy with a range of quill and steel pens. It was a fun way to spend an hour or so and full of great bits of information about pens and Birmingham generally.

Visited January 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Free place to visit in Birmingham”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

Little bit of Birmingham history near to the Jewellery Quarter. It's free to go around & from the front it looks like nothing but there is a huge room at the back. It's a bit interactive & the volunteers are informative. They do cater for children as well. Go on a wet afternoon to get to see the old way of working.

Visited December 2013
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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“lots to see,not just nibs.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

Well worth visiting the pen museum on way to the jewellery quarter. All staff are volunteers and all very enthusiastic and keen to give you a guided tour. Fascinating to see how the pen nibs were made.You can even make your own nib from the sheet metal. Who would have thought that nearly all the world's pen nibs were made here until quite recently. You can get your name printed in braille and try your hand at calligraphy. There is a great deal to see here -not just pens. It took me back to when I was ink monitor at primary school and we all had to try to write with dip pens- yes, was it only in the 1960s?

Visited December 2013
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Newcastle, UK
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“Excellent voluntary museum as part of the jewellery trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

This was lovely. We have been to
The pencil museum in Keswick so this seemed a natural companion. Who knew that pen nibs were so interesting. Very committed volunteer guides. Do not miss this and please give a donation to keep it going

Visited December 2013
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