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A very interesting tour

I visied with my 10 year old whilst in the area. She was very intrigued about the pens having just... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Claire F
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Specialist Museum

A small but crammed museum which provides a great deal of information about the origins and... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
crumpets4tea
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Set in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, The Pen Museum is unique in the UK. It celebrates the legacy of Birmingham's 19th century steel pen trade, where mass production first made mass communication possible. And through exports, made an enormous...more
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The Argent Centre 60 Frederick Street | Unit 3, The Argent Centre, Birmingham B1 3HS, England
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 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

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Anthony H, Manager at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 10 May 2018

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

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Anthony H, Manager at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

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

Reviewed 6 May 2018

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 Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

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

Reviewed 5 May 2018

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
Anthony H, Manager at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

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

Reviewed 1 May 2018

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

Thank Olga W
Anthony H, Manager at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

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

Reviewed 30 April 2018

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

Thank Brian Charles
Anthony H, Manager at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

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

Reviewed 25 April 2018

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

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Anthony H, Manager at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

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.

Reviewed 22 April 2018

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

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Anthony H, Manager at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

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

Reviewed 21 April 2018 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 Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

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

Reviewed 30 March 2018

This is a niche little museum focused on the manufacture of pen nibs in Birmingham. I went because of the reviews on Tripadvisor. I never ever knew that the nib manufacture industry was so big. Millions and millions were made and shipped all across the...More

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Anthony H, Manager at Pen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Many thanks for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us.

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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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Michelle W
7 April 2016|
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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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