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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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A hidden piece of history.

Just finished a trip to the pen museum in the jewellery quarter of Birmingham. A really interesting... read more

Reviewed today
Sue G
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Arnside, United Kingdom
via mobile
A little gem - really interesting

Popped in while visiting our daughter in Birmingham. Not being from Birmingham I didn't know how... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Beachhut45
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Surrey, U.K.
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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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“make your own” (49 reviews)
“nib making” (24 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 via mobile

Just finished a trip to the pen museum in the jewellery quarter of Birmingham. A really interesting visit with very informative volunteer staff. You're able to make your own pen nib to take away and see the process of how these were made. Well worth...More

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Popped in while visiting our daughter in Birmingham. Not being from Birmingham I didn't know how large the nib making industry once was. It isn't huge and takes little more than an hour to cover but is really informative and educational and with a fun...More

Thank Beachhut45
Reviewed 5 days ago

Small museum but lots of interesting facts about how millions of pen nibs were produced in area (some still are). Some interesting demos by knowledgeable staff. Good video shown about life in the factories target daily production per person was 15-18,000 nibs which is about...More

Thank Michael N
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for visiting the museum, we're pleased you enjoyed your day!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem of a museum. It is really interesting and the staff were immensely well-informed and helpful. It's well worth a visit!

Thank michele9733
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting! We're so pleased you enjoyed your day

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff were most helpful and the selection of pens - and nibs - absolutely amazing! We spent ages going round - there was so much to see. I bought a couple of pens with special nibs for my husband, for his calligraphy.

Thank Shirl654
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for using our shop and keep up with the calligraphy.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A small museum in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, but really interesting especially if you take the grandparents as most of there writing history from school is in the museum. A insightful demonstration of how pen nibs were made. You get to make your...More

Thank Cands38
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for visiting us! We're really pleased you were captivated by our story and the role Birmingham pens played globally, come back and see us again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good, fun, and interesting according to our 5 year old. The tour offers children the chance to make their own pen nib and there are plenty of opportunities for the kids to try using an ink and nib pen. Amazing to learn about the significance...More

Thank Trish A
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us! We're really glad you enjoyed the pen press tour, come and see us again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited with friends. Entry was quite reasonably priced and we spent a very interesting 1.5 hours learning about a local industry and some of its culture. Displays vary from the purely decorative to detailed information. There are a lot of artefacts and old manufacturing...More

Thank 301lisa33
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're really pleased you had an interesting visit! We're currently working on our updated interpretation plan and will have improved signage throughout the museum shortly.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with a friend as we fancied a cultural activity. Easy to find, some free parking nearby. £5 for adults, £4 for students. The visit consists of three rooms, which you self-guide around. The building is undergoing construction work at the moment - the staff...More

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

Thank you for visiting us. We're glad you enjoyed the pen nib making, we always endeavour to include every visitor in the process and I will review this following your visit. Calligraphy guides on the writing benches are a great idea and we are putting...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful 2 hours. We learned so much about the Birmingham pen industry from the information boards, but more so from the knowledge of the young enthusiastic volunteer at reception. He gave us a tour of the museum and was so passionate. He had...More

Thank Suerobinson35
Anthony H, Operations Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for visiting us, we're very pleased you had a great experience.

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NicandOoz
2 September 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
7 April 2016|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Colmore Row near to St. Philip's Cathedral.
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UkEcho
22 March 2015|
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Response from Nigel E | Property representative |
Hi Is this an assistance dog you are referring to? Thanks in advance. Pen Museum
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