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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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Lovely museum

I went there expecting different kind of pens but I am not disappointed and I recommend to visit... read more

Reviewed yesterday
MedvedikCistotny
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Bratislava, Slovakia
Big things come in small packages!

Who knew that Birmingham was just a leader in global nib making! This small but authentic and well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
TravelBug282
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Sydney, Australia
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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” (48 reviews)
“nib making” (21 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 16:00
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 yesterday

I went there expecting different kind of pens but I am not disappointed and I recommend to visit it. This museum located in an authentic area in a building where pens used to be produced focuses on the early stage of writing techniques and they...More

Thank MedvedikCistotny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Who knew that Birmingham was just a leader in global nib making! This small but authentic and well kept museum packs a lot of punch for its compact size. Good for kids too.

Thank TravelBug282
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited The Pen Museum as part of our Heritage Open weekend and it did not disappoint. We learnt loads about the rich pen-making history Birmingham has to the point where at one time 75 per cent of all words written in the world were...More

Thank Tris1976
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the pleasure of being shown around by one of the volunteers, Joe. He was super enthusiastic, well spoken and provided wonderful information. The museum is small but offers are well resourced history of the steel pens. Price for adults is £5. No wifi.

Thank Stan K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I knew of Birmingham’s manufacturing past but had no idea that such a preposterous proportion of all pens in the world came from right here. The museum has three main areas including an introduction to calligraphy and pen making history plus what looks like an...More

Thank williamgallagher2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seeing the old equipment in action was a thrill, but I was a bit let down from what I'd built up in my head. That said, the staff was for the most part friendly and helpful. There were pen nibs I had never even heard...More

Thank Aero3926
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As two lovers of all things stationary, in particular calligraphy, we were excited to explore the museum. Firstly, they only took cash and misinformed us of the 'nearest' cash point, completely unapologetic, despite there not being signs about forms of payment. Secondly, refused to give...More

Thank Mowgli A
Reviewed 20 August 2017

You would never believe how much information there is available about a "pen"! Lots to read about the history of the simple writing implement and plenty for children to try out, to bring history to life.

Thank Gaynor S
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We had a great time at the Pen Museum, it's a great place to visit if you're in Birmingham. I learnt a lot about the history of Birmingham and the industries around and got to make some of my own nibs using the traditional methods....More

Thank ChelleT
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

A lovely place to visit. Staff very friendly & helpful. Our group of 7 arrived on 'Caligraphy day'. There were lots of extra activities to paricipate in. A very informative experience.

Thank ChickeJo
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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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Hi Is this an assistance dog you are referring to? Thanks in advance. Pen Museum
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