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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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Not run of the mill

A revelation about the intracies of pen nib manufacturing, the infinite variety of types, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
olivercottages
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Interesting

This place is not big. It has 3 rooms only. Each room is packed with ornaments & equipment & small... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tifiny K
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Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore our amazing collection of over 5,000 objects.
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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 1 week ago

A revelation about the intracies of pen nib manufacturing, the infinite variety of types, the working conditions and the impact of the pen nib on the world. The associated paraphernalia connected with writing was amazing. Larry's demonstration of the process made the visit - thank...More

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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your review. I'm very pleased you had a good visit. We're currently reviewing our Audio Visual display pieces and we appreciate your comment about our featured documentary.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is not big. It has 3 rooms only. Each room is packed with ornaments & equipment & small machines that are related to the Pen era. There was a male guide in there, who was volunteering. He showed us the nibs, told us...More

Thank Tifiny K
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visied with my 10 year old whilst in the area. She was very intrigued about the pens having just started using one recently at school. The 4 areas are 1. a display area explaining what it was like working in the pen nib industry...More

Thank Claire F
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your review. We're really pleased you both had a good time and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small but crammed museum which provides a great deal of information about the origins and development of pen nibs and there importance to the history of Birmingham. Plentiful and friendly volunteers help to explain the exhibits including aiding the visitors to make their own...More

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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your review. We're pleased you had a good experience.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating little museum that covers the history of Pen manufacturing in Birmingham, with an array of artifacts and tools. It's located in a former factory in the Jewellery Quarter and has friendly and knowledgeable staff to explain a lot of the ins and outs...More

Thank David C
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit. Come and see us again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Were extremely surprised with the museum - very knowledgeable staff and interesting exposition with interactive experience! Great choice for a rainy day.

Thank Olga W
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi! Thank you very much for your review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit with us.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pen Museum perhaps more accurately should be called the Pen Nib Museum, although if you root around the display cabinets and drawers there are many fountain pens available to see, The nib manufacturing process carefully explained by the very helpful guide. A very informative and...More

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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Brian, Many thanks for your review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is said that this particular factory supplied 75% of pens to the world in the 19th century. Women working in the museum had to produce 18000 pens a day. How crazy is that? The first area of the museum houses numerous casings of memorabilia...More

Thank CelestePienaar
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Celeste, thank you so much for your review. We're really pleased you had a great day out with us and we hope you come back and see us again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was another small and personal museum - full of facts about pens and pen nibs. Facinating place. Very hands on when on the factory floor, got to make a pen nib - which was very memorable. You have to love pens and writing to...More

Thank Sharon E
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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Sharon, we're really pleased you enjoyed making a pen nib! Thanks for your review!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely, quirky museum. I learned much about the social and industrial history of but only nib manufacture but also of Birmingham itself. The experience made all the better by a knowledgeable and charming young volunteer guide (Joe). I'd urge anyone visiting Birmingham to...More

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Anthony H, Manager at The Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We glad you enjoyed your visit and I will pass your comments on to Joe! Thanks for your review.

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NicandOoz
2 September 2016|
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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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Colmore Row near to St. Philip's Cathedral.
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Hi Is this an assistance dog you are referring to? Thanks in advance. Pen Museum
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