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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
13:00 - 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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very interesting

The children loved to start writing with the pens. Then the friendly guide told us about how the nibs were made.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Wobine d
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The children loved to start writing with the pens. Then the friendly guide told us about how the nibs were made.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit. As someone who is old enough to have learned to write with inkwells, nibs and blotting paper I was fascinated. I even discovered what a "relief" nib was, one of my childhood memories! The exhibits are numerous and well presented and the boards giving background information about the Birmingham pen manufacturers and their workforce gave an... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting museum detailing the history of pen making and the significant role Birmingham played in this industry. It was smaller than I expected, but there were plenty of items on display and lots of information to read. Volunteers were on hand to answer questions, and a demonstration using old equipment was also given. Visitors could also get "hands -... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard lots of good reviews of this place, and I wasn't disappointed. It's impressive to learn about the facts around pen making and to see how much variety there was. It's interesting to see the transformation from the quill to the pen. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and you come away with some pen nibs after a short... More 

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

We didn't quite know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. Friendly and knowledgeable staff help make it a very interesting experience. To see and actually operate original tools is a very rare thing. I would urge people to visit because without our support small museums like this have a limited life.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

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 30 December 2016 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 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 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 

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