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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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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
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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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Hidden Gem - should be pride of Birmingham

Amazing collection of pens with a tutorial on how to make pen nibs included. Highly educational value for children and adults to know how things were done bofore computers took... read more

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing collection of pens with a tutorial on how to make pen nibs included. Highly educational value for children and adults to know how things were done bofore computers took over. I have visited many times and always come back impressed. Volunteers who run the museum are very dedicated and nice.

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France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is apparently a private museum, started by Larry and Margaret. I understand that apart from donations and a recent Lottery Grant it is self funding. The reception area has some new displays and areas where you can practice calligraphy or if you are like me just handwriting! There is also a small shop selling pen related souvenirs. The tour... More 

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

I was expecting quite a short visit but I was drawn into it...... The initial exhibition has some wonderful displays (I had never thought about how such stunning displays could be created from pen nibs) and it follows the time line of pen making in Birmingham, I hadn't realised how important pen making was to Birmingham. That first room provides... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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