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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 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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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fabulous small museum

don't be put of by the subject of pens. It;s fascinating and the owner personally takes part of the tour and helps you make your own pen nib!! there is also a very good video to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

don't be put of by the subject of pens. It;s fascinating and the owner personally takes part of the tour and helps you make your own pen nib!! there is also a very good video to watch.

Thank bmac59
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My great grandfather and his father too were steel pen nib toolmakers and lived just around the corner from the museum, in Carver Street. Sooooo much has been collected and displayed and the volunteers are just great in providing detailed information . . . wonderful!

Thank Rob S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having minimal knowledge of pens or calligraphy beforehand this museum was a great surprise! The exhibits were informative and interesting. I would recomend this museum to anyone young and old, the enthusiastic staff were incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. The interactive exhibits demonstrated the industry well and brought to life the work that took place in Birmingham of the time.

Thank Gillian S
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Being a collector of pens as a pen was the only reliable item I had as a child I have a small collection and found out about The Pen Museum by chance. As the name suggests, it is a museum with various collection of old pens including nibs and the very old fountain pens. It puts in visits and has... More 

Thank J2R2R
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take a quick tram ride to see this museum and it was worth it. I am starting to get into fountain pens myself and had no idea of the significance of Birmingham in the pen industry. The staff of the museum is very knowledgeable and will take you through the process of making a nib that you... More 

Thank Alliejay76
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Who would have k own that more than 75% of pens around the world were manufactured in Birmingham back in the heyday of the pen industry with the invention of the biro killing the old ink pen industry. Beautiful collages are on display, made from different pen nibs. Here you are given the opportunity to handle the machinery, under strict... More 

Thank Sheryn J
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Amazing collection of pens with a tutorial on how to make pen nibs included. Highly educational value for children and adults to know how things were done bofore computers took over. I have visited many times and always come back impressed. Volunteers who run the museum are very dedicated and nice.

Thank SGIG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This is apparently a private museum, started by Larry and Margaret. I understand that apart from donations and a recent Lottery Grant it is self funding. The reception area has some new displays and areas where you can practice calligraphy or if you are like me just handwriting! There is also a small shop selling pen related souvenirs. The tour... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I was expecting quite a short visit but I was drawn into it...... The initial exhibition has some wonderful displays (I had never thought about how such stunning displays could be created from pen nibs) and it follows the time line of pen making in Birmingham, I hadn't realised how important pen making was to Birmingham. That first room provides... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Just called as we were passing and was really glad we did. The guy who showed us around was very knowledgeable and interesting. Found out lots of things about pen nibs and their place in our history. Spent a good hour or so, just fascinating. If you have children there is a chance for them to try writing with pen... More 

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