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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 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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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Pen info I'd never even thought about!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
SuzieHar
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is only a small museum but gives out a lot of information on the way pens were made and the people responsible. Well worth a visit

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Thank PrestburySK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is an interesting demonstration of how a pen nib was made and the volunteer who did it was very knowledgeable, having worked in the trade. Good displays, and a video too. We combined the visit with a visit to the Coffin Works and a walk round the canal area (Brindley Place, etc) and it made a very pleasant day... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A treasure trove of interesting things - don't miss the video. And give yourself plenty of time to browse the exhibits. Much to learn and some staggering facts about the extent of this global industry. A must see.

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is currently separated into two rooms: an entrance room, where early 20th century display cases full of pen-nibs can be marvelled at. here, you can learn about the fascinating history of the Brimingham pen manufacturing process. The second room is an old factory room, where the lovely volunteers will tell you about Bringmingham's history as the producer of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is small but interesting and is undergoing some upgrading, didn't realise there were so many processes to making a pen nib. Not a lot of room inside and no cafe but there are some nearby. Quite restricted access so not really suitable at the moment for wheelchairs or children buggies etc.

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Thank Sid C
Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The volunteers who showed us around were knowledgeable and interesting. It was fascinating to be shown just how pen nibs are made and also the variety - I had no idea. We came away with inky fingers (trying dipping nibs) and our very own nib.

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Thank patchworkpieces
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and you can make your own 'dipping' pen nib. There is a collection of writing instruments throughout the ages of writing.

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Thank Ann C
Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were aware before arriving that the entry price is currently only £1 due to renovations, but this didn't put us off. There is just a single room to see but within it is plenty to look at. The volunteers are very friendly and provided us with lots of information about various displays. We came away learning about how nibs... More 

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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is another museum that seems to be staffed by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. I was a bit dubious about going as I thought my 9 year old granddaughter would be bored but she enjoyed it. She particularly like being able to make a pen nib and also type out her name in Braille. She sat at an old fashioned... More 

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