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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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Excellent experience and a lot of knowledge gained in this fruitful visit to this museum. It... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Zayd A
Small but interesting

well worth a visit to pass some time and interesting, not every persons choice but different... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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“nib making” (26 reviews)
“ink wells” (18 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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"industrial history"
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"on display"
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"well worth the visit"
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"two hours"
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"coffin works"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent experience and a lot of knowledge gained in this fruitful visit to this museum. It explained how pen bibs were originally initiated and firstly built manually, after experiencing the construction of only one nib, one can only imagine the struggle. We were allowed to...More

Thank Zayd A
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Reviewed 3 days ago

well worth a visit to pass some time and interesting, not every persons choice but different, something to be learned.

Thank WizLiz2
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited The Pen Musuem in Birmingham last week didnt think I would enjoy but surprisingly it was quite interesting and the staff were very good at showing us various things and explaining we were there approx 1 and a half hours throughly enjoyed

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We went on a rainy day and spent an afternoon there. It was a good experience knowing all the history of the pen making. The nib making in the end was amazing the staff was very helpful and informative. But a bit confusing when you...More

Thank Salaaar
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Did not know so much could be learnt about pens ( mainly ink pens) - interesting place to visit. Well laid out and the video is worth a watch!

Thank wendy G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience visiting the Pen Museum with friends. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff. Hughes amounts of information and items to look at. Loved the interactive section. Well worth a visit.

Thank Jubilee69
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a real treat and ideal for older children and for adults. The initial rooms show how the nib pen replaced the quill. Everyone has a go using various nibs and pens and can looks at the effects on the workforce and society. There...More

Thank Malcolm B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting with a friend who loves pens. Despite being late in the day we were well looked after. A few changes since my last visit too but still fascinating.

Thank brianthelion
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here and found it so interesting, the staff were friendly and informative, the displays of nibs were so many, one could not imagine that there was so many pen nibs, the machines were worked by the guide to show us how many operations...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Headed off one morning to visit the jewelry quarter and stumbled across this little museum. What a find. The staff were so so helpful. It brought back memories of childhood days as this was the factory where nibs were made. For the younger person nibs...More

Thank Plaiinspeak
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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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